Nichole’s Moment

A survivor of domestic violence, Nichole describes her experience working with Bridges of Hope over the course of a few years, and particularly in the Side by Side mentoring program. Today, Nichole works for Wadena County Human Services. Her hope is that more education and awareness about domestic violence and its effects will be shared... Continue Reading →

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Andrea’s Moment

  Andrea shares her experience working with Bridges of Hope ~6 years ago, when she was a newly single mom with two young children. Today, Andrea is helping spread hope to others at our Common Goods thrift store in Crosslake! During our Fall Campaign, Bridges of Hope is seeking to raise $60,000 from the community... Continue Reading →

It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child

Each December, BL Broadcasting collaborates with local Child Protection Teams in our area to bring awareness to and raise funds for Child Abuse Prevention. The public service announcements during the on-air event state, "It shouldn't hurt to be a child." How true. Child abuse is difficult to think about, but we need to think about... Continue Reading →

Loving Our Neighbors

At Bridges of Hope, our mission is to build bridges of support, anchored in Christ's love, between families in the Lakes area and the community assets that can help them thrive and gain hope.  Basically, that's a fancy way of saying we want to "love our neighbors as ourselves." Last year, somewhere around 7,000 of... 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 →

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 →

Brenda’s Moment

Brenda had been in an abusive relationship from the time when she was a teenager, and she was convinced that she could not support her children without her husband. She had no self-esteem and no job skills: the only gift she felt she had was baking, and that was what enabled her, in her words,... 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 →

Shelly’s Moment

Shelly is a young mother of two: 8-year-old Stevie and 7-month-old Stephie. Shelly was referred to Bridges of Hope's Family Support Services to provide her with some additional parenting support. She was struggling to manage the needs of both a school-aged child and an infant, in addition to the added financial costs--she had long since worn out, passed... Continue Reading →

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