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BRIDGES OF HOPE
April 29, 2011

Bridges of Hope is a faith based non-profit in the Brainerd lakes area. I have been involved with Bridges of Hope since the idea stage. What drew me to Bridges was the concept of joining (Bridging) the faith community with the service community. Pastors were struggling with knowing how to assist members of their congregation when they came to them with needs for mental health counseling, parenting support, financial difficulties, etc. These types of services are plentiful in our area but families struggle to access them. Bridges of Hope is that lifeline for families. We come along side them and connect them with the supports they need to be healthy and thrive as a family or individual.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the results of this organization in many ways. I'm a supervisor for children and family services at the county and we contract with Bridges to do preventative work in several program areas. The work that Bridges does, prevents many families from needing to be more formally involved with county services such as child protection or mental health. This is a great asset for families as it allows them to determine their own destiny.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to Bridges of Hope I would expand the services. There are so many needs throughout the area that if we had enough resources to hire more staff, etc. we could reach more people and continue to be a critical part of the safety net in our community.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped with the original concept development and with the hiring of the first staff person. I served on the original Board and continue to be involved with the organization, currently as a Board member.