Our Mission: We aim to help people in the seven county metro area of the Twin Cities bridge a temporary gap in their lives. Our hope is to have people experience the grace and love of Jesus.
Who We Are: We are believers and followers of Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Scripture Anchor: All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had. AND [emphasis added] the apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great favor was upon them all. – Acts 4:32-33 (NLT)
Our Founders: During the course of their work with various ministries in the Twin Cities helping those who are homeless or otherwise struggle financially, Carla and Richard Bahr decided to dedicate personal financial resources as well as their time to this growing problem. Since then, several friends and others sharing the same heart and vision joined in.
Board of Directors:
Richard Bahr | President, Chairperson and Chaplain
Having led and grown a leading capital equipment manufacturer with installations in 27 countries serving 17 of the top 20 pharmaceutical firms in the world, Bahr became determined to dedicate more of his time, talent and treasure to helping “the least of these”.
He has a B.A. from Augsburg University in Business and has served on the boards of and has actively worked in several charitable organizations throughout his career. As a licensed minister, he volunteers as a chaplain at various homeless shelters along with providing leadership for 2.4 Ministries of Grace Fellowship, serving a daily breakfast to the homeless. He is also a published author. His most recent book, Those People, shares stories about his homeless friends. More about Bahr can be found on his website at www.richardbahr.com
Carla Bahr | Secretary and Treasurer
Carla co-founded Threshold to New Life with her husband, Richard, in 2013. Carla handles the day-to-day operations for the organization dealing with partner organizations and directly with clients. She has spent a career in providing administrative support for executives at a number of prominent Twin City companies, which developed her organizational skills as well as the heart of a servant.
Danell Gibbins | Director
Danell is a hands-on executive with several decades of senior level experience in the wholesale industry. Born and raised in North Dakota, she has lived in the Twin Cities area for more than 30 years, and she and her husband call the northern suburbs home.
In addition to volunteering with Threshold to New Life, she supports a number of other organizations which reflect her heart for poverty, food and family insecurity, and homelessness: World Vision, Common Hope and Unseen among them. She loves to cook, eat and make others feel welcomed. She translates this into preparing and serving food at Simpson Shelter Minneapolis, alongside her friends from Grace Fellowship, Brooklyn Park, MN.
Denise Morrisette | Director
A life-long Minnesotan, is married to John and has two wonderful daughters and a son-in-law. She has spent her career as an elementary school teacher in a Title 1 school in a Twin City area school district.
Along with volunteering with Threshold to New Life she has helped with several other homeless ministries. She sponsors children through World Vision, and is currently a coach and mentor to the Girls on the Run organization, which promotes good self esteem, positive role models, moral education along with physical activity to girls in grades 3 – 5.
John Morrisette | Director
Also a life-long Minnesotan, is married to Denise and has two wonderful daughters and a son-in-law. He has been an Environmental Scientist and has been operating his own business for 22 years.
Along with volunteering with Threshold to New Life John has learned the joys of serving by being a Big Brother since 2012, and is currently a tutor at Sharing and Caring Hands. He has worked with at-risk teens at Maple Grove High School in the STRIVE program. He has also coached youth gymnastics and soccer for many years.
Janice Vreeman | Director
Janice was most recently on staff at her home church in the Southwest suburbs of Minneapolis, working to connect people and provide a place of belonging to those desiring to serve God through volunteering their time and talents. She has a Bachelors Degree in Public Service and Administration from Iowa State University and is an Iowa native who has lived in multiple states with her husband Steve.
She has a heart for the marginalized and oppressed members of our society and contributes personally and financially to ministries that provide hope and encouragement to the hopeless, such as Threshold to New Life, CRU (Here’s Life Inner City), World Relief, Compassion International and Samaritan’s Purse.
Steve Vreeman | Director
Steve is currently a Director for a leading energy services firm and is located in the Seattle office. He has been in senior management roles for companies in energy services and manufacturing for over 20 years and prior to that was a US Naval Aviator. He has an engineering degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Engineering Management from The George Washington University.
His volunteer experiences began through involvement in Adult and Men’s, Greeting/Welcoming, and Communion Ministries in the local churches he attended. Most recently he was a member of his church’s Leadership Board and the Church Treasurer. Outside of his local church, Steve has also been involved in helping the homeless and those who are vulnerable through 2.4 Ministries, a ministry of Grace Fellowship in Brooklyn Park, MN.