AmeriCorps position open in The Bridge’s coffee program

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.[…]

Lessons I’m learning in Youth Advocacy

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[…]

Youth Advocacy through TBRI

  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[…]

Bridge Happenings May 2017

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![…]

The Stories We Find Ourselves In

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[…]

Leaning In and Stepping Out

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[…]

My True Name

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.[…]

I believe in the power of the kitchen.

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[…]