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 →

Partnering With You for a Healthier Community

At its core, Bridges of Hope was created to bridge gaps and connect people to resources; and the newly-launched Self-Healing Communities Project takes that work to the next level. It’s designed to improve health and social outcomes for people by reducing and ultimately preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs.” One of our aims is to increase the community’s... Continue Reading →

Levi’s Moment

"Shocked" was the emotion Levi used to describe how he felt after reading the notice sent out by his health insurance provider. There had been some kind of error with his premium calculations, so he would have a temporary spike in his monthly premium costs to correct the issue—to the tune of over $500 each... 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 →

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 →

Danielle’s Moment

If you’re like me, you are focusing some time & energy today on wrapping up loose ends at work so you can turn your focus to wrapping up gifts and the final details for your Christmas celebrations next week. Or maybe you’re that amazing person at your church who is leading the Christmas program performance... Continue Reading →

Just Over Four Weeks To Go!

We’re already 4 weeks into our 2015 Bridges of Hope "I Hope" fall fundraising campaign, and we have been blown away by the generosity of so many individuals who believe in the power of this organization--and in the power of how, together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless people throughout our... Continue Reading →

Baptism by Fire

Starting a new job always comes with ‘first day jitters.’ However, Brainerd’s newest Fire Chief had a baptism by fire – no pun intended. Tim Holmes’ first day on the job was July 13, 2015 – the morning after a devastating windstorm blew through the Lakes Area – changing the landscape, and countless lives, forever.... Continue Reading →

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