What is a Temporary Contact?
A Temporary Contact is an A.A. member in the Bridging The Gap Program who helps a newcomer make the successful transition from a treatment facility into A.A.
A Temporary Contact is not committed to help with every case; he or she simply assists when he or she can. This is basic 12th Step work, and the initial contact is like a 12th Step call.
Being a Temporary Contact is not the same type or level of commitment as being a sponsor. It is simply helping a newcomer to get started in A.A.
A Temporary Contact does not provide lodging, money, or other social services.
What is a Temporary Contact Expected to Do?
If possible, meet or make contact with the newcomer before the newcomer leaves the facility.
To avoid any misunderstandings, explain clearly that this is a temporary arrangement.
Try to do the things outlined in the A.A. pamphlet; Bridging the Gap.
Take the newcomer to a meeting and introduce him or her to other A.A. members.
Explain group membership and the value of having a home group.
Explain sponsorship to the newcomer, referring to the pamphlet; and perhaps help the newcomer find a sponsor.
Review the many different meeting formats – open, closed, speakers, etc.
Ensure the newcomer knows how to obtain a listing of meetings or provide a list to him or her.
Introduce the newcomer to AA conference-approved literature and the A.A. Grapevine.