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1764 Old Chattanooga Pike SW Cleveland, TN 37311

+1 (423) 472 5268

Bridging the Gap Between Abilities and Disabilities Since 1973

LIFE BRIDGES Helps People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Live Their Best Life


We provide safe, monitored housing solutions to meet each person's needs, e.g. hygiene assistance, meal preparation, laundry help, first aid, therapy plans, and independence training.

Community Living Services

We provide training and support to deliver meaningful employment and community opportunities.


We provide many medical services, including primary care and therapeutic support.


We provide specialized treatment plans including physical, occupational, nutritional, speech/language and behavioral therapies.

Intermediate Care

Our ICF/IID Services support people who are medically and behaviorally fragile, to move toward their envisioned life.


We ensure each person's voice is heard in the development of their current life experience and their envisioned life. We bridge the gap between all services providing coordination of plans.

Watch Our 50th Anniversary Video

Supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 50 years.

CQL Accreditation

A world of dignity, opportunity and community for all people.

For more than 40 years, CQL, the Council on Quality and Leadership, has been a leader in working with human support organizations and systems to continuously define, measure and improve quality of life and quality of support. Life Bridges is proud to be nationally accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

As an accredited organization, we focus on the following Basic Assurances® for the people we support:

  • Rights, protection and promotion.
  • Dignity and respect.
  • Natural support networks
  • Protection from abuse, neglect, mistreatment and exploitation.
  • Best possible health.
  • Safe environments.
  • Staff resources and supports.
  • Positive services and supports.
  • Continuity and personal security.
  • Basic Assurances® System.



Core Values

Organizational Values

Always Moving Toward the Envisioned Life

Integrity, Dignity, Respect

Our mission at Life Bridges is to provide the tools, the opportunity, and the care to allow the people we support to live the most complete and independent life possible.


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Provide Exceptional Services

We are committed to providing exceptional support to the people we support, their families, and our community to promote independence, respect, and trust while meeting our social and financial responsibilities.

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The Person Supported is Our Top Priority

Innovation, Teamwork, Compassion

We believe the provision of quality support is made strong with a commitment to integrity. At every level of need, we are committed to the idea that the person supported is our top priority.

Our support is based upon high quality, ethical behavior, innovation, teamwork, and compassion. These combined core values provide the catalyst resulting in changed lives and quality of life for all people we support.

Abilities Are Our Focus Rather Than Disabilities

Live, Work, Socialize

We believe all people have the right to live, work, and socialize in their community. We believe abilities should be the primary focus rather than disabilities. We believe the people we support should have the freedom to function in an open, non-restrictive environment consistent with the rights of other people their age.

These beliefs are the impetus for promoting opportunities for all people to choose where they live, work, and with whom they develop relationships. The foundation of all we do is our desire to respect and maintain the dignity of all people.

Watch Our Building a Bridge Video


About 1 in 6 (17%)
Children are Diagnosed
With a Developmental

Facts About Developmental Disabilities

Who Is Affected?

Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 17%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities, such as:

Children with developmental disabilities grow into adults who need health care and programs for the same reasons as anyone else: to stay well, active, and be a part of the community.

Join Our Annual Giving Campaign

Boost our capabilities to provide a superior experience and exceptional services for the Life Bridges community.

Become a Life Bridges Volunteer

We have volunteer opportunities at Life Bridges community activities. Message us today and we'll find your opportunity!

Send a Gift for Assistive Technologies

Life Bridges is bringing new and innovative assistive technology to improve lives and build bridges.
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Become a Sponsor

Why We Need You

Some people need financial scholarships

Life Bridges has a waiting list of individuals needing Life Bridges support who do not have adequate financial resources to enroll. You can build a bridge and improve a life by sponsoring someone on our waiting list.

Help us upgrade our healthcare capabilities

Modern medical equipment is essential to our ability to provide essential healthcare services. Help us improve our healthcare capacity with a targeted donation.

Government funding alone cannot provide exceptional care

Increased political pressure to reduce government funding leaves us with an increasing financial shortfall that we must overcome to maintain acceptable levels of support. Help Life Bridges eliminate that gap.

Improve the life of a person

You can assist a designated person with financial support. We have comprehensive fund accounting procedures to ensure your donation is applied according to your wishes.


What People Say About Life Bridges

We believe the provision of quality support is made strong with a commitment to integrity. At every level of need, we are committed to the idea that the person supported is our top priority.

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