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 →

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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 →

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 →

Storm 2015 Relief Efforts & Resource Updates

[Last updated: 7/28/15] Bridges of Hope is helping to coordinate some of the relief efforts following the major storm that hit the Lakes Area on 7/12/15. We will be doing our best to keep this post updated regularly during the clean-up process. Please call our office if you need help at 218.825.7682. We are a... Continue Reading →

Gordon and Rhonda’s Moment

This year marks the 10th year that Bridges of Hope has been offering Crisis Nursery Services to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Yes, you read right--TEN YEARS! That's a decade of giving parents a safe childcare option during a family crisis, which translates into thousands of children placed into the loving care of our selfless providers since... Continue Reading →

The Role of Volunteers at Common Goods

Bridges of Hope owns and operates a thrift store called Common Goods, which is located at 16227 Hwy 371 North in Baxter, Minnesota. If you have ever been to Common Goods, you have seen the end result of a very labor intensive process. Behind all of the shimmer, shine, and freshly steamed clothes there is... Continue Reading →

Building Bridges, Building Community

Do you know what happened when local 5th graders were given: 100 popsicle sticks, some white glue, strong science classroom instruction, and a boost of expertise from local design & engineering firms? Building Bridges 2015 happened, that's what! The event took place at Forestview Middle School this past Monday evening with over 600 people in... Continue Reading →

Callie’s Moment

Callie is a mom of three kids: Damion, Alayna, and Alexa, and is in the process of divorcing from her husband of many years. Even though it was emotionally and financially difficult, she was learning to manage living on one income and providing for her kids on her own. In the midst of this transition, she was... Continue Reading →

Common Goods–5 Years and 5 Ways to Say Thanks!

It's hard to believe Common Goods has been supporting the work of Bridges of Hope for five years! So much has happened, from the initial idea of opening a store to benefit Bridges, to celebrating Common Goods' 5th Anniversary this month. The idea for a opening a store that would provide a portion of the... Continue Reading →

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