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 →

A TEA-riffic Success for Side by Side

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, nearly 200 women, teens, kids, and of course several area Fire Fighters convened at Madden's Town Hall Conference Center to enjoy the 5th-annual Afternoon Tea for Hope. This year's event featured the most popular games & activities from years past, along with a few newer features--2019 marked the second year... 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 →

Brainerd Rotary Foundation Funds to Support Parenting Series

The Brainerd Rotary Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to the Self-Healing Communities Project at Bridges of Hope for the development and implementation of a parent education series to benefit parents of Garfield & Lowell Elementary students.   The series will include both Love & Logic parenting classes and Parent Cafes, which are discussion groups providing parents... 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 →

A Generous Community

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." --Albert Schweitzer Bridges of Hope was created to connect people to the resources they need to resolve their... Continue Reading →

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