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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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 →

Looking Ahead

Our staff and board members spent the day together yesterday enjoying good food & fellowship and we also did some planning for the future of Bridges. It was a relaxing & energizing day! We started out by naming our burdens & distractions and giving them to God so we could be fully present in our... Continue Reading →

Dustyne’s Moment

Dustyne and her beautiful children had experienced too much heartache, and Dustyne turned to Bridges of Hope despite feeling nervous and afraid. She recalls: “Things just weren’t adding up. I needed help to stop going in the same circle.” Dustyne was connected with our Side by Side Mentoring Program. She had the skills to live... Continue Reading →

Jane & Sharon: Walking Side by Side

Our Side by Side Mentor Program is working to break down barriers and debunk stereotypes about poverty by building social capital in women. "What exactly IS social capital,"  you ask? Well, Oxford says it's a noun meaning "the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to... Continue Reading →

New Program Puts Participants “Side by Side”

Last fall, Bridges of Hope launched its newest program, called Side by Side, which is a mentoring program for women. We began recruiting our 7 Mentors and  3 Mentees in the late summer of 2012.  Since then, this group has met about 9 times, and in that short time, each of the Mentees have begun developing true supportive friendships... Continue Reading →

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