In the “Back On Her Feet” article we shared the inspiring story of one woman who left a painful circumstance and is seeking new life at The Bridge. Every woman we’ve encountered has her own story to tell, but I want to take this moment to share another story: the story of this community.
Since The Bridge opened its doors on September 5, I have been blessed to see God at work through his people. People have given to The Bridge without being asked or even prompted. A group of young children set up a lemonade stand with all proceeds going to The Bridge. When the kids presented their proceeds to me, tears came to my eyes. They did what they knew to help. Another young child presented a local pastor with four dollar bills and two dimes—a sacrificial gift of a child. Every penny makes a difference. Every gift received a blessing. Thank you for giving.
Every week, I see this community in action. One day I opened the newspaper to see that a hair salon was advertising “buy one product, donate one to The Bridge.” Another time a church called to say their youth had collected canned food items at a nightly meeting, and they filled the hallway with their donations.
The Bridge has been so blessed by all of the small groups willing to clean on a Saturday morning, Heemstra Hall guys moving furniture, people handing out pledge cards on a Saturday afternoon, Vogel donating numerous gallons of paint, a local grocer’s pledge that no one who seeks refuge at The Bridge will go hungry, and the countless hours of volunteering by electricians, plumbers, designers. Community Ownership means everything. As Christians, we are called to help those in need. My heart warms with each of these examples; I love when people are moved to help and they do it! I want to thank each and every person for helping in whatever capacity they have to keep open the doors of The Bridge.
It is through our love of God that we serve in this broken, suffering world. The women who come to The Bridge have experienced sadness, frustration and deep disappointment. We hope to provide more than just a roof over their head—we desire to provide a supportive, encouraging and safe place to feel God’s grace amidst their pain. The women who call The Bridge home are amazing. They have the courage to start their life over with a new beginning.
MORE STORIES ABOUT THE BRIDGE:
Back On Her Feet
Organizing the Community
The Bridge Offers Transitional Housing (Newspaper Link)
Volunteering At The Bridge
Teamwork: How Area Agencies Work Together