North Central Iowa

A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

How it all began

In late 2008, a group of people gathered in a Hampton bank basement to hear from presenters from Bridge of Hope National talk about ways they have met the needs of single moms and their families.  After that, a group of local people who felt God calling them to this ministry began a start up committee.  This committee was organized, conducted a local needs assessment and determined that a Bridge of Hope affiliate was needed right here in Franklin County.

A covenant was signed and our non-profit status was established in September of 2009.   Interested volunteers formed the first board of directors and chose a volunteer director, Kim Hanson, in order to immediately begin serving participants.  The Church of the Living Word donated an office space and the ministry began.

In September 2010, the board was able to hire Meghan Freie for ten hours per week to serve as our first Family Resource Coordinator. The organization has been blessed with generous donors and prayer warriors who have kept the mission moving forward.  In 2012, the board decided to step out in faith and hire a director for twenty hours a week so the ministry can continue to grow.  The board covets continued support and prayer partnership for this important cause.