The Bridge strives to care and advocate for Storm Lake youth in vulnerable places of life by meeting them where they are, building a supportive community there, and providing training toward a more hope-filled future.
Offering Christian programs that encourage academic, personal, and spiritual growth
Meeting people where they are and seeking to be a blessing there
Changing lives one radish at a time in our 5-acre training garden, Cultivate
Providing vision and job skills for youth through Endless Sea Coffee Roasting
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What's happening at The Bridge?
I’ve been folding stuffing, sticking and sealing for the last two days. As I worked, I listened to an episode of Surprisingly Awesome’s podcast called Postal Addresses. It seemed appropriate considering this large mailing sitting in front of me. I love mail, sending and receiving it. I spend a lot of time at the post[…]
He hadn’t been able to arrange a planter to pull behind the tractor, so Jay had gone at it by hand, trying to beat the coming rain. He had planted about 3,000 feet of sweet corn, and there were another 600 feet left. His young helpers were a group of kids, raking dirt clods out of the[…]
Building bridges takes more than structurally-sound triangles and a solid blueprint. In this case, it demands intentionality, surrender, grace, deep love, and true [splagchnizomai] compassion. It requires stepping outside yourself and comfort zone. Meeting your neighbors. Living out the gospel. Loving even, especially, when it’s hard. Anne is sharing her family’s story over at Front Porch[…]
It’s that time of year already! The banquet quickly approaches and it’s time to start purchasing tickets. You can do so here at our events page. More information will be coming to you in the next week. The banquet will be held at Buena Vista University again this year. On November 4th from 6-8:30 pm.[…]
Our youth programs started last week and the kids are so excited to come out and hang in the garden and at Bible studies. The high school group started the week on Sunday evening with a Bible study and ended with a 5th Quarter event after the SLHS football victory on Friday night. Continue to[…]
As you probably know by now, Endless Sea Coffee includes coffee from around the world, freshly and locally roasted at The Bridge as a training opportunity for youth. The majority of Endless Sea Coffee is single-origin coffee which showcases the unique flavors of its origin. We are working on getting an online store in place to purchase[…]
Are you interested in furthering your education? Do you enjoy having intellectual conversations? Do you want to know more about living out your faith in a missional context? Do you like coffee? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should stop by the office on a Monday afternoon and join us for[…]
Keep up with all that’s happening. Check out this calendar for updates and regular events each week.
Save the date This year’s Fall Banquet will be held on Friday, November 4th at Buena Vista University. Join us as we share about this year and reveal the plans and theme for 2017! Stay tuned for more details.
Join us September 23-25 to celebrate a great season at the Cultivate Training Garden! There will be plenty of family fun out at The Garden, located behind Ace Hardware on 13th Street. Join us as we celebrate the beautiful fall colors, harvest, and all the hard work the kids put into the garden this summer![…]
The hands and feet of The Bridge
The nuts and bolts of The Bridge
• To invite young people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ • To be examples of Jesus' grace and justice in our everyday living • To live justly and minister holistically • To invest and connect youth in multiple long-term and supportive relationships • To meet youth where they are with support and love • To raise up leaders among youth of all backgrounds • To affirm and support the local church, area schools, community organizations, and services that are devoted to caring for young people and meeting their needs • To share hospitality and friendship, encouraging relationships and understanding across cultures and backgrounds