Callie’s Moment

Callie is a mom of three kids: Damion, Alayna, and Alexa, and is in the process of divorcing from her husband of many years. Even though it was emotionally and financially difficult, sad womanshe was learning to manage living on one income and providing for her kids on her own. In the midst of this transition, she was let go from her job. Callie was devastated. She had done her best to fulfill her job requirements throughout this transition, but between changing schedules, caring for her kids who were struggling, and her own mental health struggles, it was just too much. Her employer, after offering as much grace as they could, had to make the difficult decision to let her go.

Callie’s job had provided her with a wage that had been enough to provide a fairly comfortable living. Callie knew immediately that she needed to find other employment (and began the search) but in the meantime, she had no idea what to do. Rent was due for the month and any savings she and her husband had was gone with the divorce. Callie had never been in this position before and was not aware of the resources that were available to her, and she quickly found out that she did not qualify for most resources because she was over their income guidelines (even though she didn’t currently have any income, many agencies have guidelines that look back a few months and include any income you have received in those prior months).

Fortunately, Callie connected with an area church that referred her to Bridges of Hope. Callie began working closely with a Resource Specialist regarding her situation. Callie explained the steps she had already taken to find a new job and expressed her concerns for the immediate future, as well as sharing her discouragement of being told ‘no.’ While working with Bridges, Callie was able to get an interview as well as a few good leads on some part-time work.

steppingoutinfaithAs Callie progressed towards getting closer to a new job, our staff prayerfully considered her request for help and came to the conclusion that this was a time that God was leading us to step out in faith, knowing that a job was just around the corner for Callie. Bridges of Hope was able to partner with an area church to come up with a majority of the rent, and Callie was able to pay the rest. Through her tears, Callie thanked staff for helping her when no one else could.

When a Bridges staff called Callie a couple weeks later to see how she was doing, she had already started working a part time job on the weekends and would start a full time job in the coming week.This story is a great example of how Bridges of Hope is able to be flexible because we do not have specific income guidelines, and because we have such amazing partnerships with our local churches. God is good!

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  • Do you know someone facing a difficult situation? Bridges of Hope can talk with them about what community resources they may be able to tap into. Call our office at 218.825.7682 to speak with one of our staff today.
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Common Goods–5 Years and 5 Ways to Say Thanks!

It’s hard to believe Common Goods has been supporting the work of Bridges of Hope for five years! So much has happened, from the initial idea of opening a store to benefit Bridges, to celebrating Common Goods’ 5th Anniversary this month.

The idea for a opening a store that would provide a portion of the funding needed for our programs was around before I was. It was an idea that, like everything we do here at Bridges, was given a lot of patient thought, thorough research, prayer, and careful planning.

I was lucky enough to participate in choosing the name and logo for the store. There were a lot of unique names in the running, however, once Common Goods–for the Common Good was introduced, it was an easy decision. The name fit so well, and before we knew it, the store was opening its doors for the first time back in 2009.

All of us at Bridges of Hope and Common Goods would like to take a moment to thank the original funders that made opening Common Goods possible:

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Volunteers are also a key part of our success. Since the start of Common Goods, our volunteers have donated more than 6,054 hours of time –and that is just what’s been logged! We know that doesn’t include absolutely everyone who has given their time!

Your shopping over the past five years has made a difference in the lives of Lakes Area families. The profits from Common Goods has allowed more than 2,000 households to be served at Bridges of Hope! Wow!

So, it’s time to celebrate! Come on in, check out our new look, and take advantage of the great deals Common Goods is offering all month long to thank YOU for your loyal support.

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AND, don’t forget to join us for the customer appreciation lunch on Saturday, September 13th, TOMORROW from 11-2 (hot dogs & pop will be available for free).