BRIDGES TO HOPE MISSION
“To act as a bridge to serve and encourage men and women transitioning back into the community after incarceration, as they become successful contributors to society.”
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, clothing and personal hygiene products at no cost to the men and women we serve.
Bridges to Hope is privately funded and operates from donations, local grants and fundraisers such as Give to Lincoln Day, Giving Tuesday, annual Freed for Life Banquet and the largest fundraiser being Bud's Thrift Shoppe. Bridges to Hope also is a member of the Community Services Fund of Nebraska, a workplace giving campaign.
A full-time executive director and a 3/4 time office manager, a full time thrift store manager and a part-time store assistant, along with many dedicated volunteers, manage the 4,800 square foot warehouse and the 3,500 square foot thrift store, and provide a friendly face to those coming through the doors.
WHO WE SERVE
Bridges to Hope serves women and men released from incarceration during the previous twelve months. We define incarceration as “institutionalized for a criminal offense for 60 days or longer.” Applicants must be able to provide their prison ID number so their status can be verified.
If the applicant has been in county jail or has been sentenced through drug court, Veteran’s court or other alternative court proceeding, they must provide some form of discharge papers at the time of shopping.
Men and women may visit the Warehouse to shop for clothing, personal hygiene items, furniture and household items twice within an 18 month period.