He will direct thy path

Elaine

The courageous journey out of homelessness came full circle at The Bridge to Hope.  A B2H Mom celebrates being hired; following the interview she was told she would need new shoes for the position.  She reflects “I really need a new pair of shoes but,
I got hired in my homeless shoes!” 

Think about that for a moment if you will…this woman has walked a long, lonely journey of homelessness.  During this journey she lost everything…her children, her dignity, her self-respect, her mere humanity.  She has shared the account of when she secured a spot in a shelter for a night.  On those nights she counted herself lucky.  When there was no room for her in the shelter she was forced to brave the streets.  She told B2H she would try to make herself invisible for protection, essentially trying to look like a pile of trash, so no one would notice her or harm her.

All of that changed when she decided to believe life could be different.  She entered a faith based shelter and began to hear about God.  From there she began addressing the issues that caused her homelessness.  And then she entered The Bridge to Hope.

It is not easy to take steps of faith and trust that life can be better.  To believe that God has a plan for us all to prosper us and give us hope… moving forward requires that essential first step.  She took that step.

Taking steps forward lead her to vocational training, followed by the path to employment.  Praising God that those “homeless shoes” don’t dictate her path anymore.  She has put her trust in God who is so patient and loving with us all.  He only requires that we trust in Him and He will direct our paths.

B2H continues to receive single Moms who are struggling to get out of homelessness into a placed of security, a place where she can begin to rebuild her life with regular income, where she can give her children the life they need so that they never have to go through their mother did. B2H is there to help them get to such place.  However, B2H is a team that God has put together to help bring that about, a team of churches and teams of individuals in essence helping them take off their “homeless shoes”.  If you feel that God is leading you to become a part of this vital ministry contact B2H today.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6

Written by B2H Staff Sallie Jarboe

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Fry’s Community Rewards Program!

Fry's VIP

AUGUST 1ST IS THE DATE YOU NEED TO REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR FRY’S CARD.

Hello B2H Supporters!

It is time to re-enroll your Fry’s Card’s Community Rewards!

Organization Name: The Bridge to Hope
Organization Number: 46948

You may begin re-enrolling in the 2014-2015 Fry’s Community Rewards program beginning August 1, 2014! Your participants should use the process below to re-enroll.

How to Re-Enroll for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program
*Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?activePage=community-rewards-2
*Select ‘Sign-In.’
*Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in.’
*Select ‘My Account’, you should see Account Summary at the top.
*Scroll down, Click ‘ENROLL’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
*Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number or name of organization then select ‘search’. (NPO for The Bridge to Hope is 46948)
*Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization.
*Then select ‘save changes.’
*If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

***Remember, you must re-enroll to support The Bridge to Hope! You may begin re-enrolling Friday, August 1, 2014.

B2H Adoption

B2H ADOPTIONKatie and Faith

I had the joy of being with healthy, active, vibrant children that belong to successful, healthy, active, vibrant women who at one time were Bridge Moms.  These children were all “Bridge Kids” several years ago.  They were with us for Bethany Bible VBS.   The “Bridge Kids” were from three different “Bridge” families, brought by church team members who had been on their moms’ support team several years ago.

These moms have been graduates of The Bridge program for some time.  Why are the team members still involved with their lives?   The moms have to go to work each day to support their family, but they reach out to those who are able to encourage and help their children grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord, the ones they have trusted for some time now.

The Bridge to Hope moms become part of our families.   I’ve noticed that once they become part of the families of B2H church teams, many times they never leave, just as our natural born children come back to us.

There is no requirement that they continue to call Amy Sue and Sallie or their team members for advice.  They have graduated; they can do whatever they want.  B2H has no hold on them, but they are part of the family, and continue to come back for support from those who loved them enough to make them part of their families.

In Galatians 4:5 and Ephesians 1:5 Paul speaks of “adoption as sons” of those who are in Christ.

That’s the way it is with many of the Bridge Moms when they come into our families.   They are there because they have security with those who love them and have “adopted” them into their families.  They continue to trust their children to their church team members who have been with some of them since they were just babies.

What a joy to see the next generation, not living in homelessness, or even remembering being homeless…Or with parents in their addictions, but growing up in the knowledge of God’s love and guidance in their lives.    When a mom comes into the B2H program, she brings the next generation with her.  The hopelessness, helplessness and addictions have stopped and her children learn to trust and be part of that adoptive family forever.

If you would like to bring adoption to your church, call The Bridge to Hope today.

Written by B2H Volunteer Evogene Stephens

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Anniversaries

Anniversaries
In the space of a couple weeks our family celebrated three wedding anniversaries, from 52 years to 12.  Whose celebration was the most important?  The answer of course is: mine.  This is not because I have been married longer than the others, but because it is my personal milestone.  (Or maybe I should say, “our” milestone since it was as much my wife’s accomplishment as mine!)

Anniversaries come in many varieties.  For instance this year is the 60th anniversary of my High School graduation.  But it could be just as well the anniversary of someone’s birth, someone’s death, someone’s getting a job, or even the year of sobriety.  Christmas and Easter are also anniversaries and are well celebrated.

How we celebrate anniversary varies.  The recent ten year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy was done with the solemn tolling of bells.  The anniversary of our Independence was marked by parades and fireworks.  Some anniversaries are done with parties, cake and ice cream.  Other anniversaries may be done with prayers of gratitude, often with a rededication to continue the positive course we have taken.

At The Bridge to Hope anniversaries are often and very meaningful due to the course each of the mothers in the program has chosen for herself.  For some of them it all started with the day they realized they had hit bottom and had lost everything: their home, their job, their children, and self- respect.  It was the day they realized they needed help if things were going to change.  It was the day they reached out for that help, first going to a detox center to regain sobriety.  And gaining that sobriety their next step was to apply to The Bridge to Hope to get help getting back on their feet, getting a secure place to live, getting their life cleaned up, getting their children back, and getting employment that would enable them to be the mother they so much desired to be.  In the process of all this they usually found they needed help every step of the way, from a supportive church team, and even more importantly, from having a personal relationship with Jesus.

Now each step has become a meaningful anniversary: the anniversary of the number of months or years of sobriety, the day that their children were returned, the day they gained full time employment, and soon, the day they graduate from The Bridge to Hope program and become what they always desired, a reliable mother.  These anniversaries may sound like small peanuts to some, but to these Bridge mothers they are major.  We at The Bridge to Hope are there with them, cheering them on, as they celebrate each and every anniversary.

We welcome you to celebrate your own anniversary, the moment you stepped forward to commit financially to The Bridge to Hope or better yet, learn the name of a homeless single mother and begin celebrating her anniversaries.  We love anniversaries!

Written by:
Jerry Wibberly,
B2H Board Member & Bethany Bible Team member

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