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Phone: 218.825.7682
Toll-Free: 888.750.7682

Office Hours:
M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

PO Box 742
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Human Services Office 

About Us

Bridges of Hope is a faith-based 501c3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2002. Our service area includes Crow Wing County and the bordering communities.

Our Mission & Vision

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 of Hope links families to community supports and resources. It creates partnerships within the broader community to help strengthen, stabilize and support families in the Lakes area, sending a message of hope and empowering families to thrive.

We believe families can be strengthened through both formal and informal supports. We respect the diversity, individual needs, beliefs and values of those we work with.

Our Services
More about our programs and services can be found here.

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Meetings by appointment only; in most cases we can assist you over the phone without the need to come to our offices.

Strategic Priorities
In 2011, the organization affirmed four Strategic Priorities to guide its work in the coming years
  • Strengthening families by providing both a breadth and depth of programming;
  • Engaging the community in two-way relationships;
  • Centering our organization in Christ by nurturing our staff and Board of Directors in their individual faith journeys; and
  • Developing and being good stewards of the resources we are entrusted with.
Governing Structure
The Board of Directors is made up of community members from the Brainerd Lakes area, representing higher education, the business community, human services, faith communities and others. The Board provides leadership and oversight to the ongoing operations of Bridges of Hope in regards to planning, budgeting, fund development, and community networking. Board member terms are for 3 years, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

Bridges of Hope's Fact Sheet.

Financials & Annual Reports
Click here to view our financial information. Bridges of Hope is committed to be fiscally responsible to our donors, funders, and the community.

Jana Shogren, Executive Director

Michele Andringa, Program Manager

Kassie Heisserer, Development Manager

Nate Soens, Retail Manager

Janelle Vesely, Fin. & Communications Specialist

Jennifer Perez, Outreach Worker

Holly Usherwood, Family Service Worker

Nicholle Dean, Resource Specialist

Carla Prettyman, Resource Specialist

Jacklin Steege, Resource Specialist

Contact Us

2015 Board Members

Lynda Erickson

Tracy Jeremiason

Pastor John Just

Kevin Littman

Pastor Erika Nilsen

Biff Ulm

Pastor Kari Williamson



Bridges of Hope
P.O. Box 742 - Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 825-7682 or toll free (888) 750-7682