To provide essential items to reentrants to assist reintegration into the work force and community, after incarceration.
Bridges to Hope is a service to men and women soon to be or recently released from incarceration and are making the transition to a productive life outside of the cell. A first step back into the community requires a place to live and items to set up a home. Bridges to Hope provides basic household furnishings at no cost to the men and women we serve. Another requirement is to find employment. Donated clothing assists these men and women by providing appropriate clothing to seek and maintain jobs. Hygiene items are also available.
With the support of community members and generous donors, and increased awareness, Bridges to Hope was able to provide services to just over 700 men and women in 2016. This compares to 504 in 2015. Through collaboration with other community agencies, we are also able to offer additional resources and make referrals to other support systems in the community.
Bridges to Hope receives funding from churches and other foundations, the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, private donations and in-kind donations. A full-time executive director and a full-time office assistant along with many dedicated volunteers, manage the 4,800 square foot warehouse and provide a friendly face to those coming through the doors.