At The Bridge, we feel it is vital to work directly in the neighborhoods of Storm Lake, intentionally connecting with people on a daily basis. We believe great impact for God's glory will be made not in the big programs but in the real relationships of people of all cultures and backgrounds sharing life together.
Neighborhood Centers are open homes in which individuals live for the purpose of building relationships and being a Christian witness in a neighborhood. These homes are to be safe places for community and friendship. Neighborhood Center Coordinators also seek to develop a tangible community-based effort (like the Cultivate Training Garden) that fulfills The Bridge mission statement, facilitates ministry and mentoring, and raises up leaders.
Required: Neighborhood Center Coordinators are required to go through preparatory training, complete a recommended reading list, spend at least 50 hours at a current Neighborhood Center, and maintain a current foster care license.
Neighborhood Sites are necessary locations for ministry events. These individuals open their homes consistently to host gatherings, guests, Bible studies, and activities usually once a week or more. They serve as advocates for their neighborhood, living out their faith in Jesus Christ by loving their neighbors well.
Required: Neighborhood Site Coordinators are required to go through preparatory training, complete a recommended reading list, spend at least 25 hours at a current Neighborhood Center, and maintain certified training in child abuse prevention, mandatory reporting, first aid, and CPR.
These individuals have partnered with The Bridge to provide a stop on the Bridge bus route, as needed (especially during the summers). They communicate with neighbors intentionally, build trust and relationships, and serve as a vital connection point to many families.
Summer Neighborhood Nights
Each summer, The Bridge partners with local hosts to hold summer grill-outs in various neighborhoods of Storm Lake. Neighbors come together with food and spend an evening catching up and making new friends. These Neighborhood Nights are a simple but profound way to build community and to "love your neighbor."