Jane & Sharon: Walking Side by Side

Our Side by Side Mentor Program is working to break down barriers and debunk stereotypes about poverty by building social capital in women. “What exactly IS social capital,”  you ask? Well, Oxford says it’s a noun meaning “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to… Continue Reading →

New Program Puts Participants “Side by Side”

Last fall, Bridges of Hope launched its newest program, called Side by Side, which is a mentoring program for women. We began recruiting our 7 Mentors and  3 Mentees in the late summer of 2012.  Since then, this group has met about 9 times, and in that short time, each of the Mentees have begun developing true supportive friendships… 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 →

Not Just Blowing Smoke

Written by Irene, 2018 Side by Side program graduate, along with Kassie Heisserer. Irene first joined Side by Side in the summer of 2013: a woman determined to face whatever obstacles she needed to in order to to ultimately thrive. (Here’s how things looked when we checked in with her a couple years ago.) Fast-forward… Continue Reading →

It’s the ‘Little Things’

Sometimes the little things are the biggest things. Did you know that by simply making a date with your daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend or any other important lady in your life, you’re also greatly impacting the life of women you’ve never met before? It’s true. On April 7th, Bridges of Hope will host the… Continue Reading →

Third-Annual Afternoon Tea a Success

On Sunday, May 7, over 150 women, girls, and even some gentlemen joined Bridges of Hope at Cragun’s Legacy Pavilion on a beautiful and sunny afternoon in support of the women participating in Bridges’ Side by Side Mentoring Program, at the third-annual Afternoon Tea for Hope. This year’s event raised over $13,000 and featured a… Continue Reading →

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