Hope is Happening

The year is past its midpoint; which means it's time to check in on where we're at thus far with programming and services. As of August 28th, we have helped over 900 households (approximately 2,250 people) this year! Here's what just a few of those we’ve served had to say about their experience with Bridges... Continue Reading →

Paul’s Moment

Have you ever felt the love of a pet? Their loyalty, support, and fur-covered silliness can keep us smiling through the highs and lows; and for some of us, we end up leaning into the benefits they bring into our lives more than we trust our fellow humans to be able to provide the same.... Continue Reading →

Noon Sertoma Club Donates $5,000 to Bridges of Hope

BRAINERD, Minn. (June 18, 2019) – A surprise presentation to Bridges of Hope by a member of the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club made a tea party fundraiser that much sweeter. Brainerd Fire Department firefighter Nick Haglin was on hand at the April 6 Afternoon Tea for Hope at Madden’s on Gull Lake to help serve... 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 →

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 →

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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