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
Providing vision and job skills for youth through Endless Sea Coffee Roasting
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What's happening at The Bridge?
Anne Dahlhauser, The Bridge of Storm Lake’s co-founder and visionary stepped down from her role as CEO, effective March 1.
Anne Dahlhauser, The Bridge of Storm Lake’s co-founder and visionary stepped down from her role as CEO, effective March 1. Anne stated her desire to pass the baton to other capable leaders as well as pursuing opportunities for her to use her background in Spanish and English education. Since 2009, Anne and Jay Dahlhauser have[…]
The past two months I’ve been able to have the privilege of having N.D. as an intern from Storm Lake High School. As a senior wanting to pursue Communications & Journalism in further education, it has been fun to teach her aspects of Communications that I have learned in college and through life experiences. We’ve[…]
Provision in a Time of Need After seeing what we raised at the Banquet (about 52% of our goal), we began praying and planning to see what God was doing. With that amount raised, our finances would last us until the end of January. Therefore we started another annual campaign. You probably got[…]
Middle School Girls’ Bible study has been a consistent activity here at The Bridge for over five years. Dedicated leaders, van drivers, food preparers, and many others have been along the journey to be another friend in the lives of these girls and to show them Christ’s love. Each week, we try to create an[…]
I didn’t really want to move back to Storm Lake. I told God, anywhere but NOT 20 miles from home! He had a different plan. I found out that The Bridge offered something I was desperately longing for – holistic, incarnational ministry with people where they already are. I wanted to be a part of[…]
The Bridge has an opening for an energetic, self-starting individual who cares about developing job and life skills in middle/high school youth. This is an AmeriCorps position, focused on coordination of The Bridge’s Endless Sea Coffee Roasting Enterprise. This individual will work alongside and mentor two-four high schoolers in our Endless Sea Coffee Roasting Enterprise.[…]
It had always been a vision, to one day have a Junior Vista Team consisting of a bunch of High School students. We would be multiplying our leaders who would lead others. We were just waiting for the right moment to implement this idea. And wouldn’t you know, this summer was the summer! As we[…]
August’s Theme is Summer Garden Memories. Here are a few favorite memories and thoughts from our AmeriCorps Refugee Rise Summer Team Members, Nguyen and Izzie. From Nguyen: “Weeding is usually one of the most tedious job in the garden especially when it is scorching hot out, but what made me enjoyed it so much was[…]
This summer has been a busy one so far! We have daily activities that keep the kids and us busy. We start each morning with team devotions, work in the garden a bit, and then take the kids to the lunch program. Everyone is learning more about how vegetables grow, learning about plants and[…]
Over the past year, we’ve been talking a lot about ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how building resiliency can help overcome the trauma that has happened to youth. That resiliency can be a first step that leads to Shalom, a whole peace with God, self, creation, and others. I was sitting at my desk this[…]
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 local churches, 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