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 →

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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 →

Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It!

Did you know that one in four of us will have some kind of mental illness in our lifetime? Yeah, I was surprised too. I think that might be because mental illness is one of those topics that still make people pretty uncomfortable to talk about--so we don't. We keep it under wraps. But we... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Hope

I have the awesome privilege to work for an agency that I love and in a role that is a perfect fit for me. I am an Outreach Worker at Bridges of Hope and I provide in-home support to families that are in complex and challenging situations. Recently, I worked with a family that struggled with chemical... 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 →

She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity…

Defeated...worn out...confused. These are some of the words that Cindy used to describe herself and her situation when I first met her. Cindy is a young mom with three small children: Luke, Isabelle, and Nicholas. When she first started working with me, she and her children were homeless and living in a shelter. Cindy was a... Continue Reading →

Crisis Nursery to the Rescue!

Sally called Bridges of Hope, crying hysterically. She is the mother of three children: Jackie (age 7), Holly (age 5), and Tim (age 3). I had previously worked with Sally for several months through one of Bridges of Hope's in-home programs,  which is why she asked to speak with me on this particular morning. Sally... Continue Reading →

New Program Making a Big Difference for Teen Parents

The Teen Parent Outreach Program is new to Bridges of Hope in the past year. This program is a collaborative effort with Crow Wing County Community Services who approached us last year to help them expand this successful program and work alongside more teen parents (receiving cash assistance) to increase successful outcomes for them and... Continue Reading →

Tools of the Trade

This past summer, Bridges of Hope hosted an excellent community training for those of us working in the "helping profession," called Healing the Heart of the Healer presented by Chris Henley, MS, Licensed Psychologist. Chris says everyone is "hard- wired" for empathy, and as a result, we can be pulled in to another's feelings by the... Continue Reading →

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