Threshold to New Life

Bridging temporary gaps in people's lives

About Us

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

IMG_7830Having 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 with 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

IMG_7770Carla 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.

Sheila Daniels | DirectorSheila Daniels head shot

From Homeless to Faith

Following her experiences in dealing with both homelessness and chemical dependency, Sheila committed her life to Christ in 2004. As God began pulling the pieces of her life together, she began working for a non-profit homeless shelter in 2007, then earned her B.S. degree in Human Services in 2018. Following multiple promotions, she now is leading and supervising the case management program at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis.

Sheila is originally from Chicago and has resided in the Twin Cities since the late 90s. She is married and a soldier in The Salvation Army. Her empathy for those struggling with addiction, homelessness and mental illness has oriented her vocation and volunteering to step in to help those in need.

Danell Gibbins | Director

Danell GibbinsDanell 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

Denise MorrisetteA 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

John MorrisetteAlso 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.

Nancy Van Beusekom | Director

Nancy was born and raised in Wisconsin and has lived in the Twin Cities for over 35 years.   She lives in theNancy-Van-Beusekom Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis with her husband, Rob.  She has a B.S. Degree in Finance from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has spent the past 30 years of her career in business systems support and project management within the Financial Services Industry, where she recently retired.

In addition to her role on the Board of Directors of Threshold to New Life, Nancy teaches financial literacy classes for several non-profit organizations, ran the church bookstore for 4 years at Grace Fellowship Church and is a Compassion International and Campus Outreach sponsor.

Rob Van Beusekom | Director

Rob was born and raised in the Minneapolis area and currently lives in the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis withRob Van Beusekom his wife, Nancy. He has a B.S. Degree in Finance from Saint Cloud State University and has spent the last 30 years of his career in corporate financial management and planning.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors of Threshold to New Life, Rob is involved in several other non-profit organizations. He teaches financial literacy classes for several organizations, serves on the speakers’ bureau of Feed My Starving Children and is a Compassion International and Campus Outreach sponsor. He is also involved in his church, Grace Fellowship church in Brooklyn Park, where he serves as a Church Elder, Men’s Group leader, and Small Group leader.

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