You Can Furnish Homes with Hope
“I did everything I could to provide for my son... Bridging helped me save for our future.”
At Bridging, we provide a bridge between those in need, and those with items they no longer use. Each week, Bridging serves 85 households with a basic home setup of furniture and essential household goods. As families face the exhausting challenge of finding affordable housing, employment, education and health care they are left with severely limited resources to furnish their home.
“Never in a million years did I think I’d be on the opposite side of the fence. From struggling as a teen mom sleeping on the floor, to receiving furniture from Bridging, to opening up a business and volunteering at Bridging. Wow! – things have changed. I never forgot how Bridging helped me in my time of need.”
Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
By relieving the pressure to purchase furnishings, Bridging services provide families a comfortable home and allow them to focus on other crucial matters. Since 1987, Bridging has worked with Twin Cities social services agencies to ensure that clients receive the best possible service for their own unique needs. In essence, Bridging turns a house into a home.
It is very important that each Bridging clients’ experience is dignified from the moment they arrive at the warehouse to the moment their home is furnished with hope. Bridging helps the community re-use, repurpose and redistribute more than 14 semi-trailers of furnishings each week, saving 11 million pounds from the landfill each year. The organization is able to accomplish this monumental task through a network of more than 6,000 volunteers. These volunteers offer warehouse assistance, product sorting, client shopping, office support, furniture/ electrical repair and truck driving for product pickups.
In 1987 Fran Heitzman, a former business owner and entrepreneur, was the custodian at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. On a whim, a woman brought a piece of furniture to the church and asked Fran if it could be used in the children’s nursery. Fran said no, but he was sure he could find a home for it. He then started making phone calls and found a social service agency that said they would be thrilled to receive the furniture. That was the moment Bridging was born. Fran thought that if he could find a home for that piece of furniture, then he should be able to find a home for even more furniture – this idea could bridge the gap between those who have and those who have not.
Since 1987, the impact Bridging has made in the lives of local families in need, the environment, and its volunteer community is monumental. Each year, Bridging continues to bring hope and stability to nearly 4,500 local households in need.
YOU can help turn a house into a home. Please give generously.
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