It’s officially 2020, the start of a new year and decade, which also means the end of our 2019
I Hope Campaign. From November 1st to December 31st, over $40,000 was raised to support Bridges of Hope’s mission and work in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Thank you to the 158 entities who donated to our 2019 I Hope Campaign! We are humbled by the support shown by community members who donate, volunteer, and support Bridges of Hope all year long. Of course, the work of our organization would not be possible without this support!
So, what impact does $40,000 have on our community? Proceeds raised during our I Hope Campaign fund our programming, mainly our Resource Connections Program. Families and individuals contact Bridges of Hope when experiencing a crisis. Our staff complete an intake with the client and make referrals to resources and programs that fit each client's unique situation. However, there are instances in which existing community resources or programs have already been exhausted, are out of funding, or simply do not exist for each unique situation. This is when Bridges of Hope looks into the possibility of financially assisting clients. (Of course, after resources have been looked into and determined to not be a possibility and information has been verified.) Financial requests seen frequently are rent or deposit assistance or other shelter needs, vehicle fuel assistance or other transportation needs such as repairs, utility assistance, and food assistance or other basic needs.
In 2019, Bridges of Hope spent $20,951 on client assistance through the Resource Connections Program. Of this $20,951, 62% was spent on requests regarding shelter, 22% on transportation requests, 8% on utility requests, 6% on medical requests, and 2% on childcare requests.
Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, and supporters who help Bridges of Hope build bridges of support in the Brainerd Lakes Area!