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
Want to sign up for the annual Run For Our Future race?
What's happening at The Bridge?
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[…]
Sobremesa. Here at The Bridge, we’ve thrown this word around numerous times over the last year. It’s a beautiful word with Latin roots but it doesn’t have an English equivalent. It’s a deep word that represents the time after a meal. The time spent sitting around a table, laughing, sharing stories, sipping coffee, and connecting[…]
Here’s a friendly recap of March at The Bridge. Summer Job Openings The Bridge was awarded 6 Summer AmeriCorp positions (4 Summer AmeriCorps VISTA Associate positions for an 8-week term and 2 Summer RefugeeRISE Positions for a 10-week term). Applications are accepted from now until April 28. The Summer AmeriCorp positions will work with youth[…]
The Bridge of Storm Lake will host the Empowered to Connect simulcast on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 from 9AM to 5PM each day. Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children. Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope[…]
Christian hospitality isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s an act of warfare against sin and Satan. God has a habit of waging war with strange weapons. He fought Egypt with frogs, gnats, and boils. He defeated the Midianite army with Gideon’s clay pots and torches. Strangest of all, he defeated sin and death[…]
The Bridge of Storm Lake is holding its 5th Annual Run For Our Future on Saturday, May 27th to help raise funds for its Summer Youth Program. The 2017 Summer Youth Program includes a team of four AmeriCorps Summer Associates and two Summer RefugeeRISE Members serving at The Bridge with the AmeriCorps-given goal of “preventing summer learning[…]
A lady came to our door awhile back, carrying a pan nearly half her size. It was brimming with homemade fried rice. Our words were clumsy, as I tried to understand the unexpected gift. I thought she was at the wrong house, thought she was maybe intending to join the neighbor’s party. After all, she[…]
“They are planning to sell the Cultivate Garden land behind our house.” We were at our weekly morning prayer group when Jay delivered the news. He had received a phone call the night before, and it came down to this: we may no longer have the 5-acres of land behind Seneca Center for our Cultivate[…]
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