Bridges of Hope (Brainerd, MN)


  • Name:Ms. Jana Shogren
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bridges of Hope
  • Address:PO Box 742
    Brainerd, MN 56401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:218-825-7682
  • Main fax:218-825-9131

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Bridges of Hope ("Bridges") is to build bridges of support, anchored in Christ's love, between families in the Lakes Area and the community assets that can help them thrive and gain hope. Bridges creates partnerships within the community to strengthen, stabilize and support families, sending a message of hope and empowering families to thrive. Our goals are to prevent child abuse, maltreatment and neglect; reduce isolation; increase family stability; and promote stronger, healthier families. Though the organization is faith-based, the services provided to clients are always without expectation of or reference to any stated belief.

  • Overview:
  • For the past 12 years, Bridges of Hope has been bridging the gap between families and those that can help. The number of household served by Bridges of Hope has continually increased since our founding: from 120 households served in 2002 to over 2,900 households in 2013. Bridges of Hope utilizes a strength-based approach, focusing on a family's existing assets to empower them to solve their own problems and increase their capacity to care for their children, while respecting the diversity of families in our community. Bridges of Hope's current programs include:

    --Childcare Services: free, short-term childcare for children during a family crisis, and/or regularly scheduled breaks for parents and caregivers of children with significant mental health or behavioral challenges.

    --Family Support Services: longer-term supportive services; typically working with families in-home to set goals and to connect them to community-based supports; with the goal to reduce child abuse and neglect and to empower families to access support in the future.

    --Mentoring Services: an adult mentoring program with the goal to move participants from survival to sustainability by increasing informal assets through mentoring relationships.

    --Resource Connection Services: a single point of entry in the community for families experiencing a financial crisis, connecting them to viable community resources, in order to improve family stability.

    An example of our work follows:
    Ashley and Dustin (not their real names) are a married couple with two children. The family has been struggling to make ends meet for quite a while. Ashley contacted Bridges of Hope last spring looking for help with rent. Neither Ashley nor Dustin had employment, which means it is hard for agencies to assist because it is difficult to show that the rent is sustainable.

    The Bridges of Hope staff encouraged the couple to obtain employment and, once their situation changed and income increased, to call back. Ashley did call back, less than a month later: she and Dustin had both found jobs! They needed help with gas for their first week of work and also with childcare for their youngest child. Bridges of Hope was able to help with gas through our internal funding and with childcare through our Crisis Nursery Services (a program under Childcare Services). Ashley & Dustin were now able to complete their first week of work successfully!

    After that, the Bridges staff met with Ashley and discovered that the couple did not have car insurance; Ashley stated that the reason they didn’t pay the insurance was because, if they did, they wouldn’t have enough money to afford food for their family. Bridges was able to get the couple caught up on car insurance to prevent any further crisis & expense that could come from driving without insurance, knowing that they would be able to afford it in the future, since they were now working. The family was very thankful for all of the help they received and continue to work hard to provide for their family.

  • History:
  • About fourteen years ago, there was a perplexing problem in central Minnesota. The area contained a wealth of resources for those in need, but there seemed to be a gap between those with the resources and those who could benefit from the resources. The community decided to change that. Parents, youth, clergy, educators, and human service & mental health professionals came together to design a system of better access to resources and services for families; and in 2002, Bridges of Hope was established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

    Before Bridges of Hope existed, individuals, families, human service providers, churches, and others sought to resolve a family’s crisis in a much more decentralized—and sometimes duplicative or circular—manner. A family in need might only know of one agency (e.g., the Salvation Army) that “helps,” but the reality was that that agency might specialize in a service that was completely different from what the family actually needed. Families often went (or were sent) to agency after agency without success or resolution, because there was no one to assist them in accessing the resources that could actually help them resolve their crisis.

    Now, families contact a single agency, explain their situation or crisis, and Bridges of Hope connects them to the correct resources, in the correct order, and helps them anticipate exactly what kind of paperwork or guidelines they will need to meet ahead of time. Our program brings together resources from all across the county and its surrounding communities: reducing duplication, frustration, and system “abuse”; and ultimately keeping children safe by strengthening and stabilizing families in crisis. Due to our multifaceted approach to addressing a family's needs, we work to address multiple challenges simultaneously and serve families through more than one of our programs at the same time when it makes sense for them. Over time, Bridges of Hope has changed, refined, and added programming to help fill service gaps and to better serve those seeking help in our community. We believe families know best what they need and thus have built in a follow-up component to all of our programs, to ensure we are continually learning and adapting our services to meet those needs.

  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:11

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Patty Baltz,
    Bill Brekken,
    Jill Brodmarkle,
    Tracy Jeremiason,
    Val Knudsen,
    Tami Laska,
    Kevin Littman,
    Pat Sharbonda,
    Andy Smith,
    Tom Wiegand.

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Jana Shogren, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kassie Heisserer, Associate Director;
    Janelle Larson, Family Service Worker;
    Katie Sordahl, Family Service Worker.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:72-1538846

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:721538846
  • Organization Name:BRIDGES OF HOPE
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TOM WIEGAND
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 742
  • Organization City:BRAINERD
  • Organization State:MN
  • Organization Zip:56401-0742
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2003
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:F60
  • Asset Amount:$375,440
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$904,701
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$904,701
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:24:58 pm

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