A TEA-riffic Success for Side by Side

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, nearly 200 women, teens, kids, and of course several area Fire Fighters convened at Madden's Town Hall Conference Center to enjoy the 5th-annual Afternoon Tea for Hope. This year's event featured the most popular games & activities from years past, along with a few newer features--2019 marked the second year... Continue Reading →

Self-Healing Communities Project Update

In the last seven months, the Self-Healing Communities Project has reached over 1,600 people in Crow Wing County. In case you haven’t heard, the self-healing communities’ model is designed to build a community’s capacity to improve outcomes for health and social issues by reducing and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The project now has reached... Continue Reading →

Brainerd Rotary Foundation Funds to Support Parenting Series

The Brainerd Rotary Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to the Self-Healing Communities Project at Bridges of Hope for the development and implementation of a parent education series to benefit parents of Garfield & Lowell Elementary students.   The series will include both Love & Logic parenting classes and Parent Cafes, which are discussion groups providing parents... Continue Reading →

Marcy’s Moment

One of the ways Bridges of Hope aims to support families and keep children safe in Crow Wing County is through Respite Services. This program provides no-cost, regularly scheduled childcare for families with mental health or behavioral challenges. Respite (usually 24 hours, once a month) allows both parents and children to experience a break from... Continue Reading →

Help Needed(!)

When weather trends cooler, many take time to consider our heat source(s) for the coming winter months. Learning you need a new furnace is not generally a moment of joy; but looking on the bright side- there are better circumstances than others in which to learn of it. In Lila’s case, she was lucky to... Continue Reading →

A Generous Community

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." --Albert Schweitzer Bridges of Hope was created to connect people to the resources they need to resolve their... Continue Reading →

The Power of Hope

  What do you hope for? For the past couple years, Bridges of Hope has been asking this question to Lakes Area residents as part of our fall fundraising campaign and as a part of our community-building efforts. Our mission at Bridges of Hope is to build bridges of support, anchored in Christ’s love, between families in the... Continue Reading →

Ella’s Moment

Single parents have to make difficult decisions all the time, and this was no different for Ella. For example: should she exchange her close to home, full-time but low-paying job with a better-paying one with benefits but located out of town, so that she could work less and spend more time with her daughter? But... Continue Reading →

The Definition of Support

Tonight, we celebrate milestones the best way we know how- good friends, good conversation, and of course, cupcakes! Between the seven of us, this small room is packed. Not just with people, but with warmth, smiles, acceptance and understanding. There is no room left for discomfort. These women hold each other up and hold each... Continue Reading →

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