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 →

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Common Goods Now Open in Crosslake!

It's been quite exciting and busy around here at Bridges of Hope!  In case you haven't heard, we are officially open for business at our new Common Goods location in Crosslake! We have amazing staff who are working hard to get the space fully up & running (we were able to get into the space just yesterday). We... Continue Reading →

Is AmeriCorps VISTA Right for You?

Bridges of Hope is looking for a VISTA Member--a full-time volunteer who serves through AmeriCorps, to assist our organization with some very cool projects from August 2015-July 2016. VISTA is often described as the “domestic version of the PeaceCorps,” and is a national service program that Bridges has successfully participated in over the course of... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Common Goods for the Common Good

Did you ever think that you could give back by purchasing something for yourself? Well, you can! Shopping at Common Goods not only helps you by expanding & accessorizing your wardrobe, finding a unique piece of furniture that you think, "I know just where that will fit perfectly in my home," or finding a board game... 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 →

Volunteers Make a Difference at Common Goods

At Common Goods, we are thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who help out every year! Volunteers help us get extra projects done (see photos below), keep the store clean & neat and also raise awareness and bring donations in to Common Goods. Many of our volunteers are local youth who are excited to make... Continue Reading →

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