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?
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[…]
This month’s theme is Advocating for Youth, our mission and passion at The Bridge. One of the tools God’s given us for this work is through the study of late Dr. Karyn Purvis called Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) at Texas Christian University. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the[…]
Endless Sea Coffee Roasting This past month, we’ve tried some new roasts (yum!) and Jess has been making plans for integrating a team of 4 high schoolers into the coffee training this summer. Cultivate Training Garden We’ve been busy preparing for our first CSA distribution. The gardens are growing – and so are the weeds![…]
You can usually tell what I’m going through or thinking about by the books I read. There are points in my life that require memoirs, young adult fiction, novels, or some good ole children’s lit. The same is true for my Netflix history. Some nights call for a ‘90s rom-com while others need a serious[…]
Vulnerability. This is something I’ve been pushing into lately. It’s a scary topic. It’s a necessary component for any sort of healthy relationship. With God, others, and especially self. This month’s theme for The Bridge is reconciliation with self. Finding your place in God’s story. “Making our way back to the Garden” and seeing ourselves[…]
We live in a community of challenging names. Names difficult to pronounce. Hard to spell. Confusing to remember. There are sounds my mouth doesn’t know how to make. My tongue doesn’t want to cooperate with foreign phonetics. My ears don’t always pick up on the dialect distinctions. In Storm Lake, names get butchered. Forgotten. Replaced.[…]
The idea of shalom has been a constant theme at The Bridge since the fall banquet. It’s a big ideal we’ve chosen to break down each month to better understand all it encompasses. The theme for May is reconciliation with self and finding your place in God’s story. What better way to start than “In[…]
Endless Sea Coffee Roasting We have a variety of new coffees to sample from Southeast Asia, and we’re excited to select a new roast as well as some cold brew options. We plan to do coffee cuppings this week, and Hannah is working on the designs for the new roast. Stay tuned for more info![…]
I believe in the power of the kitchen. Kitchens build community. Demonstrate love. Relieve tension. Facilitate friendships. Feed bellies. A few years ago, I lived with a sweet southern gal named Melissa (better known to me as MNM). MNM’s a couple years older, married, and much more domestic than I was at the time. She knew how to cook shrimp[…]
Last week, Jyoti* and I met in the coffee roasting room with Khoi, our coffee expert, for our first Coffee-Roasting Class. With two wooden stools and a water cooler as our seats, we sat down to learn about the chemistry of roasting coffee. Did you know that coffee-roasting is such an intricate process? The timing[…]
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 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