Lives We Touch

The Lives We Touch: Families Helping Families

09/06/2018 by Rebecca Toews Since 1987, Bridging has furnished homes for more than 90,000 people who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. That number is astounding, but doesn’t tell the full story....

Bridging 101

06/12/2018 by Rebecca Toews This video gives a glimpse into how, through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging can change the lives of people who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty....

Lives We Touch: Michelle’s Story

06/04/2018 by Rebecca Toews “When you’re trying to survive abuse and childhood trauma, everyone needs a coping mechanism. Mine was addiction.” For 18 years, Michelle used drugs and alcohol to fight the demons...

Lives We Touch: Melvin’s Story

04/01/2018 by Rebecca Toews 76-year-old Melvin T. used to work on Alaska’s fishing ships in the Bering Sea. But after health problems and homelessness, he sought help from Catholic Charities’ Aging and Disabilities...

The Lives We Touch: Christin’s Story

01/25/2018 by Rebecca Toews Christin was referred to Bridging by an agency partner. She received furniture and nearly 20 years later, she found herself back at the warehouse as a volunteer...

The Lives We Touch: Kormasah and Emmanuel’s Story

01/16/2018 by Rebecca Toews “Being homeless in Minnesota is no joke,” recalls Emmanuel C (Bridging client: November, 2016). “Especially dealing with all the kids, it ain’t no joke.” After facing increasing violence in...

The Lives We Touch: Scott’s Story

01/10/2018 by Rebecca Toews “I cannot tell you how many times in the last four years that I would lie in my car, and hope that I would fall asleep and never wake...

The Lives We Touch: Quay C.’s Story

01/04/2018 by Rebecca Toews Quaylon Crawford enlisted in the Army right out of high school and deployed to Iraq in 2005 as an Infantry scout sniper. While deployed, Crawford got used to sleeping...

The Lives We Touch: Eva’s Story

12/24/2017 by Rebecca Toews “I hit a wall, and I just had to basically decide I didn’t want to keep living that way…” For Eva, Christmas had always been a magical time, filled...

The Lives We Touch: Sheelah’s Story

12/12/2017 by Rebecca Toews When her parents separated, Sheelah’s father and siblings began a cycle of moving from various homes throughout the Twin Cities area. Lacking stability, the family would have to leave...

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