Life Bridges began with a desire by several families in the Cleveland community to receive services for local citizens with
a developmental disability. In the early 1970's, to get services a person had to travel to the Orange Grove Center in Hamilton
County. First chartered in 1973, the Adult Day Center was started in Cleveland, Tennessee. Since that time, the program
has undergone many changes, and has had several names. Though very small in the beginning, from the onset BCS benefited from
strong leadership, both from its' staff and the board of directors. Walter Hunt joined the agency as Executive Director in 1980
and served in that position for 26 years. Under Walt's direction BCS flowered into what it is today, serving nearly 200 service
recipients in over 40 facilities. With more than 400 staff, 3 onsite physicians, and 40 licensed nurses, we are positioned to
expand to meet the future needs of Bradley County; in particular, those who are medically fragile and the senior population. A major
milestone occurred in October 1991 when BCS moved to its current location on 764 Old Chattanooga Pike, SW, Cleveland, Tennessee.
The 8.7 acres houses the Administrative Office, Civitan Center for Developmental Training, and the Walter C. Hunt Opportunity Center. Another
achievement occurred in 1994 when BCS became nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
(CARF). Life Bridges is one of two agencies Statewide funded by DMRS that is nationally accredited. Life Bridges has
recently built 2 new ICF homes located on 7 acres on Kile Lake Rd that serve 8 individuals.
The main Office addres is 764 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311.
From I-75 take exit 20. At the end of exit 20, turn East
(away from the fireworks stores and gas stations). Continue on APD 40 (also known as the 64 bypass) for approximately 1 1/2 miles.
to the second stop light just past Homestead Tractors on your left. Turn right at stop light onto Industrial Park Rd.
approximately 3/4 mile until you come to a stop sign. Turn left at stop sign and immediately cross railroad tracks.
Continue for approximately
1/2-3/4 of a mile. Life Bridges will be on your left. Main entrance is at the front of the larger beige buidling.
Nationally accredited since 1995.
Serving individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1973