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 →

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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 →

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 →

A Fairy Tale Ending

Over the past two and a half years, I have had the privilege to work with 44 teen parents through our Teen Parent Outreach Program at Bridges of Hope. As the program comes to an end, I am saddened to not continue to work with such wonderful people; however, I am so grateful that our amazing community partner,... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s Moment

Maggie is a 34-year-old single mother with a 9-year-old daughter named Yasmin. Maggie had been referred to one of Bridges of Hope's Family Support Services programs, and I first met her at a local domestic violence shelter. Maggie wanted support during her transition from an abusive relationship to an independent, safe life for her and... 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 →

The Spirit of Service

For many middle school and high school students, Spring Break is time to head out on a family vacation or to just take it easy for a week; but for about 20 youth from Brainerd Area Catholic Churches (BACC), this year it was time spent giving back to the community. Back in September, Bridges of... Continue Reading →

Andrew’s Moment

Andrew, a single father, had been unemployed for about four months, and the utility bills had begun to pile up. He connected with Bridges of Hope after his church had assisted him several times with food and his rent. The social ministry worker at Andrew's church made the first phone call to Bridges, concerned that... Continue Reading →

Common Goods Volunteer Recognized

Congratulations to Phillip Vennemann of Brainerd for being selected as the Youth Volunteer of the Month! Philip is one of our valuable volunteers at Common Goods, where he volunteers several times a week. Read the details in the Brainerd Dispatch here. Philip has been volunteering with us since June 2010 and is one of 350 individuals... Continue Reading →

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