Alyssa’s Moment

Alyssa and Dan had been married for several years. The couple has two active children, solid jobs, vehicles, and a comfortable home; the average American dream as we know it. But when pressure builds, it must go somewhere. Through the ups and downs of their relationship, Dan had become abusive to Alyssa. Eventually, enough was... Continue Reading →

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Sara Jo’s Moment

Sara Jo is a single parent of two school-age girls. She had recently been divorced and was living with her mother, something she never thought she would do again, since moving out after high school. Although she appreciated her mother's willingness to take her and the girls in, Sara Jo knew that she and her... 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 →

2016 in Pictures

Here are just a few shots from 2016, highlighting the enormous person-power that is involved in making Bridges of Hope and Common Goods "happen." We are so thankful to our shoppers, donors, volunteers, staff, and board for the ways you contribute to this amazing organization. Thank you for building Bridges.

Diane’s Moment of Hope

[Note: Diane graciously allowed us to use her real name and details. Diane: thank you for your courage and generosity!] It has been 27 years since Diane made the life-changing decision to become, and remain, clean and sober. However, despite overcoming this huge obstacle, she continued to fight demons and encounter issues that tested her... 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 →

Andrea’s Moment

  Andrea shares her experience working with Bridges of Hope ~6 years ago, when she was a newly single mom with two young children. Today, Andrea is helping spread hope to others at our Common Goods thrift store in Crosslake! During our Fall Campaign, Bridges of Hope is seeking to raise $60,000 from the community... 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 →

Supporting Family and Caregivers: Respite Services

As a single mother of three children under the age of three and with another on the way, Kristine needed help. Her time for self-care and just taking care of the basics like cleaning the house or shopping for groceries was non-existent. Something had to give. It was just a few months ago when Kristine... Continue Reading →

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