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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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 →

Thanksgiving overflows

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." ---2 Corinthians 4:15-16 Each year, families in need throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area are able to share a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the generosity of many in our... Continue Reading →

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 →

Will You Run for Hope This Year?

Written by Jenny Holmes, with assistance from Kassie Heisserer. Some people run for fun, some run for the free shirt, but on September 16, 2017, we will Run for Hope! Bridges of Hope is honored to partner with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce for the 5th-annual Run for Hope, as part of the 44th annual Nisswa... 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 →

Dressed to Bless

Teatime is a great time--and excuse--to put on your finest and channel your inner English aristocrat. Looking for a fun new dress, jewelry, shoes or hat for this year's Afternoon Tea For Hope without breaking the bank? I recently stopped at the Baxter location of Common Goods and asked Danell to show me a few affordable... Continue Reading →

Pinkies up! It’s time for Tea

The Bridges of Hope Afternoon Tea for Hope is just around the corner. With a new venue, sure to ‘stir’ excitement, this is a fantastic event for a fabulous cause!Sipping tea got me thinking about proper teatime etiquette. Obviously, the Afternoon Tea isn’t necessarily a formal affair; however, gloves and hats have been spotted at... Continue Reading →

Spring Cleaning (and Giving)

A combination of the recent stretch of unseasonably warm weather combined with recent weight loss triggered my inner spring cleaner a couple weeks ago. It was a Saturday afternoon when I hit my closet hard and was determined to downsize and donate. Of course, whenever I’m ready to part with treasures; they go to Common... Continue Reading →

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