BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- “We’re grateful, we’re grateful, and we’re grateful on top of that,” said Jay James, the assistant director of The Bridge Ministry. 

That enthusiasm and gratefulness come from the local nonprofit being awarded the “Neighborhood Champion” award from Bank of America.

“The impact that they make, not only on the lives of those men who come to their program, but on the families of those men. That’s what would make a difference,” said Carolyn Rainey, the president of Bank of America in Charlottesville. 

The Bridge Ministry is an 18-month program that provides counseling and assistance for men battling addiction, seeking employment and avoiding reincarceration. 

“One of the main reasons it is as successful as it is, it’s because of the community. It’s a bridge and connects people in the community to help those who are less fortunate,” added James. 

After helping the community for more than 30 years, this may be the organization's biggest year yet, as this recognition allows it to reach more community members who can participate in the program.

“For a Neighborhood Champion, they receive $50,000. They also receive leadership training for their organization, and also the opportunity to engage with leaders of nonprofits throughout the United States,”said Rainey. 

With a more than 80 percent avoidance of incarceration rate and a 100 percent job placement rate for program graduates, this grant will let The Bridge Ministry improve those statistics and continue to help participants retain jobs, stay clean, and provide for themselves and their families. 

“So many people need this, and yet there's so many that are still not aware. So when you can be partnered with an entity like Bank of America, you know that that helps us with awareness and helps us with leadership development and helps us with financial support. Bottom line, it helps us,” said James.