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 →

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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 →

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 →

Nichole’s Moment

A survivor of domestic violence, Nichole describes her experience working with Bridges of Hope over the course of a few years, and particularly in the Side by Side mentoring program. Today, Nichole works for Wadena County Human Services. Her hope is that more education and awareness about domestic violence and its effects will be shared... Continue Reading →

Patty Sue’s Story

Since joining the Side by Side program two years ago, Patty Sue is the first to admit that her life has changed for the better. Patty Sue initially heard about the Side by Side program at Bridges of Hope while receiving Respite care services for her family. A stay-at-home mom of five children, ages one... Continue Reading →

Charlotte’s Moment

I had the blessing of visiting with Charlotte about her experiences with Bridges of Hope over the last couple of years. Charlotte is a wonderfully warm, compassionate, confident, and strong woman. She didn't always feel that way, though. A few years ago, low self-esteem and a general feeling of being "lost" had taken their toll... Continue Reading →

Samantha’s Moment

Samantha and Matthew have three children (Alex, Tanner, & Asher). They have interacted with Bridges of Hope on a few different occasions over the past 7 years. I recently sat down with Samantha to chat with her about her experiences and the difference that Bridges of Hope has made in her life. Q: What was life like... Continue Reading →

Irene’s Moment

“Crazy.” –Irene said with a little chuckle. That’s how she described her life before Bridges of Hope. Irene is able to see the joy in her life now, but that was not the case before joining the Side by Side Program at Bridges. A few years ago, Irene was recovering from some family circumstances that... Continue Reading →

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