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1764 Old Chattanooga Pike SW Cleveland, TN 37311

+1 (423) 472 5268

helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best life.

between abilities and disabilities since 1973.

Residential Services

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.

Case Management

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

Healthcare Services

We provide many medical services, including primary care and psychiatric services.

Community Living Services

We provide support which incorporates enabling technology to deliver meaningful employment and community opportunities.

Intermediate Care Facilities

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

Therapeutic Services

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

Bridging the Gap

Helping Today. Helping Tommorow.

At Life Bridges, we are committed to providing exceptional supports to the individuals, their families, and our community to promote independence, respect, and trust while meeting our social and financial responsibilities.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

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Winston Churchill

building better lives

We Are Bridge Builders


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Life Bridges Would Like to Extend a Special Thanks To Each and Every Member of Our Board of Directors

Every member of our board of directors is a key contributor in helping those we support. Without the time, work, and decisiveness of our board members, we would not have a sufficient array of tools, personnel, or local affiliates to provide a quality experience.

We thank each and every member of our board for their contribution to our collective mission.

The Mission of Our Board of Directors

A board of directors list of responsibilities is quite large. Here are just a few of the tasks that our board has to constantly address. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that is all encompassing. They must also employ and supervise the Chief Operating Officer. The Board must reach consensus on the chief executive’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.

The Board must actively participate in long range planning and oversight of the implementation of those plans. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and monitor their effectiveness.

One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the agency to fulfill its mission. The board must assist in developing and maintaining the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.

The Board has a responsibility to develop prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms. The board should clearly communicate the agency’s  accomplishments, and goals to the public in a way that garners community support.


What People Think


Achieved national CARF accreditation.


Life Bridges locates to new campus.


Walter Hunt joins as executive director.


Adult Day Center is chartered.


No local area services available.

Our History

Small beginnings. Strong leadership.

Life Bridges began with a desire by several families in the Cleveland community to provide 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 began. Since that time, the agency has undergone many changes and has had several names.

Though very small in the beginning, Life Bridges 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 Dr. Hunt’s direction, Life Bridges grew into what it is today; serving nearly 200 people at over 40 sites in Bradley County. With more than 500 staff, 2 physicians, and 40 licensed nurses, Life Bridges is positioned to expand to meet the future needs of people with intellectual disabilities in Bradley County; in particular, for those who are medically fragile and the senior adult population.

A major milestone occurred in October 1991 when Life Bridges moved to its current location at 764 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, Tennessee. The 8.7 acres houses Administrative Offices, Center for Developmental Training, and the Walter C. Hunt Opportunity Center. Another achievement occurred in 1994 when Life Bridges became nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Life Bridges continues to grow; keeping pace in an ever changing industry. Though the buildings and staff may change through the decades, the spirit of the agency remains. It is a joyful determination to provide quality services and supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Supports are made possible through funding and contractural agreements with several state agencies and health-related organizations.

Agencies and Funding


  • TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • TN Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • TN Department of Health
  • TN Bureau of TennCare
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Southeast Community Services Agency
  • Bradley County Government
  • Cleveland City Government
  • Civic Organizations
  • Individual Donors
agency funding
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friends of life bridges


Industry Standards

HIPAA Compliance

The HIPAA Seal of Compliance is the health care industry’s third party HIPAA verification. There is no formal HIPAA compliance certification from the federal government or subsidiary regulatory agencies. That’s why health care professionals around the country rely on Compliancy Group’s HIPAA Seal of Compliance to demonstrate their compliance.

The HIPAA Seal of Compliance has become the healthcare industry standard for verification. Federally-mandated HIPAA standards, regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), are fully addressed and incorporated into an effective, organization-wide compliance program.

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