This has been an incredible year at Bridges of Hope, where we have been blessed with a multitude of gifts as well as a handful of challenges. We are thankful for both, as we are reminded daily to both be gracious and thankful to Him during good times, and persevere and turn to Him during the difficult times. It reminds us that no matter how well we may plan and prepare, life happens anyway–both in our personal lives and in the lives of the clients we are so privileged to serve at Bridges of Hope.
You've Supported Families Like Noah's
Over the past two months, our financial supporters answered the call to come alongside our work with families in the Lakes Area. As I write this, I am humbled and amazed to report that YOU were a part of a record-breaking Fall Campaign at Bridges of Hope: over $60,000 has been contributed to meet our goal and close our year-end funding gap. Our donors are truly amazing!
This has also been a record-breaking year in terms of how many families reached out to Bridges of Hope. Thanks to you, our faithful supporters, over 2,300 households have been served at Bridges of Hope so far this year. That means 1,480 households received vital support for essentials like food, shelter & staying warm; 190 parents were supported to improve their parenting skills or care for their mental health; 290 children had a safe place to stay when their parents needed a break or to attend to a family crisis; 530 households received Christmas gifts and holiday meals; and many, many other households were assisted with a variety of needs through our flexible & unique services.
As I reflect on 2011 and look forward to all 2012 will bring, I am so thankful for all that this organization has been blessed with: a strong staff & Board of Directors, faithful shoppers & volunteers at Common Goods, and supporters like you who have given generously of your time, talent & prayer support. I want to thank you again for all these ways you help us build Bridges!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.