His Blessings Abound

From all of us here at Bridges of Hope, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

jana_giant penAs we continue to celebrate His birth, we also had a week of many other blessings here at Bridges! Our staff enjoyed a much needed long weekend to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones. We returned to the office on Wednesday to find a generous, unexpected donation in the mail for our new Side by Side Mentor Program. This donation for over $10,000 brings our Fall Campaign total to $55,119.

We have nearly reached our $60,000 goal and are VERY thankful to our donors (just take a look at the festive pen I used to sign thank you letters last week!).

All year we anticipated serving more than 2,500 households in 2012. At 9:18 a.m. on Wednesday this week, we realized that “goal.” We are so thankful that by His grace and your generous support, Bridges of Hope has bridged the gap for thousands of people in the Lakes Area in 2012 and we will continue to do so into 2013.

new CG 2Another way you’ve supported our work is by shopping often and donating generously at Common Goods. Over the last three years, you’ve been telling us, “You need more space.” Well, we listened & responded to your requests. We now have a larger sales floor and have moved children’s clothing, shoes, books, toys & home linens to a new section in the rear of the store.  Framed pictures are displayed on a wall for easy viewing. Head on over & check it out. We hope you enjoy the improved shopping experience!

If you haven’t had a chance to financially support our work with families like Jack, Dylan & Chloe’s, there is still time. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by the end of the day on December 31 and Thrivent Financial Foundation will match your gift.

Jack, Dylan and ChloeA gift of just $150 serves a family and, when matched, your gift will have double the impact and will serve two families. Click here to donate now.

On behalf of our clients, staff members &  board of directors, thank you for helping us build Bridges!

God bless,

Jana

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Campaign Reaches $41,000–and Matching Funds Available!

BoH Fall Campaign -36K Mark

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. If you have been a supporter to Bridges of Hope this year, you made a difference in the life of a family like Steven and Laura’s. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity.

As the year (and our Fall Campaign) draws to a close, we are excited to announce a brand-new development: the Thrivent Financial Foundation will match every new donation, up to $5,000!

We are thrilled to share this great new matching funds opportunity with you. If you have not yet had the opportunity to make a gift during this campaign, or if you are able to make an extra year-end gift, there is still time to help us reach our $60,000 goal by year-end. You can give online here, and double your impact for families across the Lakes Area (gifts may also be made by check; please note “Thrivent Match” in the memo line).

Here are just a few examples of how your support makes a difference:

  • Helping families gain access to basic needs items like food, clothing, hygiene items, and baby needs.
  • Helping families find and maintain safe, affordable housing.
  • Helping families stay warm during the winter months.
  • Helping families stay employed by removing transportation barriers.
  • Helping children stay safe by providing a childcare break for their parents.
  • Helping families stay together by providing services that prevent a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

You can read more about our programs and services here.

Your support is what enables us to help families each and every day. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

The All-Time Top Eleven Quotes from our Clients

Thank-You Card

Since our founding, Bridges of Hope has built-in a specific follow-up component to our services. We have two main reasons for doing this. First, we want to make sure that the resources, programs and ideas we suggested actually helped someone resolve their crisis–because that’s why we exist! Second, and equally as important, we want to know whenever those resources, programs, and ideas didn’t work for someone–so we can do a better job matching a person’s unique situation to the right resources the next time around.

Because of our commitment to following up, our staff spend some of their time every week making follow-up phone calls to those we have recently worked with. A side benefit to making these phone calls is that many of our clients say some really kind things to us, and a few years ago, we decided it might be a good idea to write them down!

So here you can see the all-time top eleven quotes from our clients, as voted on by our staff.

Some are funny, some are a little quirky, most inspire us to continue our work, and all of them are incredibly gracious and kind:

Number 11: Bridges was beyond wonderful. I wish I would have known about this program 6 years ago.

Number 10: I can’t believe how nice your thrift store is!

Number 9: Usually Bridges is pretty good. The way I look at it is that it just isn’t meant to be this time.

Number 8: I called for Crisis Nursery at 9:00 AM and got to work by 10:00!

Number 7: I so appreciate you! You are a lifesaver. I can’t say excellent enough! I don’t know what I would have done without you!

Number 6: Because of Bridges of Hope, I feel like I have more support in the Brainerd community.

Number 5: You guys rock. I have tears in my eyes. I was so worried about my kids.

Number 4: My opinion of Bridges has just changed, because you made this follow-up call to see how we were doing.

Number 3: I was so distraught and worried when I called Bridges of Hope. When I got off the phone I prayed, and then a sense of calm came over me. I feel that Bridges was the answer to my prayers. Thank you.

Number 2: I am so grateful that you helped me! I had no other way to get my car fixed. Thank God for Bridges of Hope and people like you!

And our nearly unanimous favorite:

Number 1: I wouldn’t have made it through without all the help. You were the “bridge” to my hope!

Honestly, there is truly no higher source of praise. An enormous thanks is due to those we serve for their generous words.

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Do you know someone who is struggling? Someone working through a family or parenting crisis? Someone could use our help navigating area resources? Visit our website for more information or have them call Bridges of Hope today: 218.825.7682.