North Central Iowa

A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Our Mission and Values

Bridge of Hope National Vision

Communities where no family is homeless.

Bridge of Hope National Mission

To engage Christian faith communities in ending family homelessness through neighboring relationships that demonstrate Christ’s love.

Bridge of Hope Values Statement

The Bridge of Hope network and partners embrace these values as we engage in ending homelessness for families, primarily comprised of single mothers and their children. Bridge of Hope is:

1. Following Jesus.

  • We follow Jesus as our example in embodying love and holding out hope to homeless families.
  • We follow Jesus as we engage in mutual relationships with vulnerable families in a way that offers dignity, respect, and lasting impact.
  • We follow Jesus, recognizing our triune God as our life source and depending on prayer to empower us to fulfill God’s purposes through Bridge of Hope.

2. Embracing the Church.

  • We embrace the Christian faith communities (churches, Bible studies, house churches, etc.) as the vital link for ending homelessness for women and children.
  • We embrace groups of Neighboring Volunteers from within Christian faith communities that provide tangible supports, encouragement, and friendships that homeless and at-risk families need.
  • We embrace and draw staff, board members, and Neighboring Volunteers from Christian faith communities who confess Jesus Christ as divine Lord and Savior.

3. Choosing Hope.

  • We choose hope by respecting each woman and child participating in the program, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, or life experience.
  • We choose hope by building on each individual’s strengths and offering a solution to homelessness that emerges as all of us bring our strengths to the table.
  • We choose hope by promoting transformation and positive changes which occur in the life of families facing homelessness, staff, Neighboring Volunteers, board members and other volunteers through their involvement in Bridge of Hope.