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 →

Shauna’s Moment

Just as the heat of summer is ramping up, the last thing you want to find is your refrigerator inoperable. Shauna called Bridges of Hope on a hot day in June, frantic and frustrated. She had just spent half the year nesting away every penny she could pinch when disaster decided to strike again, and... Continue Reading →

Hope in our Community

It's over halfway through the year; a good time to pause and look back on what we've done so far in 2018. A quick glance at our database tells me we've served over 750 households (~1,950 people) thus far through our 5 different programs; hallelujah! Praise God that there is hope when faced with hardship!... Continue Reading →

Jess’s Moment

After the birth of their third child, Jess was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She experiences attacks, where the condition gets noticeably worse, followed by times of recovery where symptoms improve.  Her husband, Thom, works full time to support their family, while Jess does what she can to take care of life at home. The youngest... Continue Reading →

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