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The Bridge on 7th is a low-barrier warming shelter providing a safe place to sleep for individuals 18+ who are experiencing homelessness in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Bridges of Hope, in partnership with law enforcement, Crow Wing County, nonprofit organizations, church partners, and community members recognized the need for a safe place for homeless adults (ages 18+) to sleep in our community. This group has come together in a collaborative effort to address homelessness by providing a low-barrier overnight shelter that offers a safe place for individuals to rest for the night.

We opened our doors on Friday, December 3, 2021. In our first season, over the course of 147 nights we served 78 unique individuals experiencing homelessness, and offered in total 942 nights of shelter from the cold Minnesota winter. 

The Bridge on 7th

What is it?: Our simple goal is to provide a safe, warm, decent place for people to sleep. You will not be required to sign up for anything, or feel pressured to do anything. A good night's sleep and a cup of coffee or snack are available. If you are looking for help with something, ask our staff and they will point you in the right direction!

How do I get in?: The shelter is first come, first served. Your first night you will be asked to sign our guest agreement.

Who can come?: The Shelter is open to all guests aged 18+.  

Where is it?: 1926 S 7th St., Brainerd

When is it open?: The shelter is open from 7 PM - 8 AM nightly - even holidays. Shelter reopens starting Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023.

Walk ins are accepted from 7-11 PM

How often can I go?: There is no limit to how many nights you can stay at the shelter! As long as you are following the simple rules outlined in the guest agreement and there is space available you are welcome.

How can you help?

Our community has come alongside us on this project and been extremely generous! We have a good start on our funding for our third season, but want to be responsible to both our guests and staff. Our goal is to start each season confident in our funding for the full season. Any help you can give goes towards operating costs is appreciated.

If you have a small group that would commit to a week of volunteering at check in and check out, contact for more information!

At this time our storage closets are bursting with generous donations of bedding, food, personal care items and cleaning items! We appreciate you! We will post a link here and on Facebook if  this changes and we have a need for items.

Volunteer Form
Interested in Overnight Shelter volunteer opportunities? Let us know!

Thanks for submitting!

Key Partners & Funders
  • Baxter Police Department

  • Brainerd Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA)

  • Brainerd Fire Department

  • Brainerd Police Department

  • Bridges of Hope

  • Brainerd Area Collaboration on Homelessness (BACH)

  • Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

  • Crow Wing County Community Services

  • Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department

  • Crow Wing Power Community Trust

  • Essentia Health

  • Hallett Charitable Trust

  • Initiative Foundation

  • Lutheran Social Services

  • Representatives from area churches

  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen

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