Hats, hats, hats!

 

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We had someone come forward to make a connection between us and his father, whose desire is to remain anonymous. His dad is 94 years old and knits hats to “keep busy” producing nearly one, new stocking hat per day…wow! We stopped in today, had a nice visit and he gave us about 40 stocking hats to distribute to the homeless that we encounter in our ministry. These are the thickest, nicest hats I think I’ve even seen.

We continue to live in amazement at how God brings people forward to support the cause that tugs at our hearts…loving those who are loved so much by Jesus yet are often cast out of society.

Donation from Tartan Marketing

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We LOVE the work that Tartan Marketing does, a local B2B marketing firm located in Maple Grove, MN. Simple – Smart – Scrappy.

Each year Margie and Jim select an organization to support, then send a gift to every client and make a financial donation on their behalf.

This year we were blessed to be their choice. The gift sent to each client were the socks pictured above – in honor of the 20,000+ pairs of socks we’ve given out.

Thank you to the folks at Tartan for their generosity!

 

Thank you for a great 2016!

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Thank you for your support of our work. Many of you provide funding for this ministry and most of you think about us and even pray for our efforts. That’s no small thing…and we’re grateful for all of this.

Your year end donations are tax deductible and we have a donor willing to match the first $3,000 given. Click on this link for our donation page. Thank you for being part of loving those in our community who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling right now. Your support may not seem like much to you but it can mean the world to them.

Support from Jr. & Sr. Highers

grace-jr-and-sr-high-giving-tree-2016-12 We love, love, love to get students engaged in serving and giving. It’s a great habit to be in and one that bolsters our faith.

The youth pastors at Grace Fellowship, Josh Olson and Jacob Hedden, decided to put on a competition between their groups of students for funds raised for T2NL. Examples of common needs that we have along with the monetary amount to fulfill each were printed on cards and placed on Christmas trees for students to select to fill.

We’re not sure which group will win the contest but we know the real winners will be those living on little margin and the homeless in the Twin Cities that our ministry aims to support.

Thanks, Josh and Jake, for the creative way to engage your students and your support of our work!

Under Lock and Key

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One great feeling after having been homeless for nearly four years, is to receive the key for the lock on the door of the apartment you’re moving into. Those strong feelings of celebration were felt by our friend, Derby, as he just recently as he moved into his efficiency apartment in Minneapolis.

And to top it off, we put the word out to our supporters that Derby needed some basic things to supply his new home and we were startled by the tremendous support! Within three days, almost everything on the request list was filled!

Derby told us the day after we delivered the gifts that he was “overwhelmed by the way God showed His love through us and all the support I have received”.

Isn’t that the way God would love to have us feel all the time…overwhelmed by His love? It seems the distractions in this world tend to mute that feeling, and it’s great when we experience it…isn’t it?

 

Backpacks, more backpacks

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T2NL was honored by the Grace Fellowship M.O.P.S. program, providing 70 backpacks each packed with personal care kits and other survival items most needed by those in a living situation without a permanent residence.

Our co-founder, Richard Bahr (pictured), met with both groups prior to packing and was given the opportunity to tell more about the mission of T2NL as well as how serving and faith are connected. “Serving cultivates the heart and prepares it for God to work in us, much like worship music prepares us for the message the pastor delivers. Serving others is a form of worship”, said Bahr during his message.

We pray for each mom participating that her heart will be cultivated and softened to hear God’s voice of love and encouragement. We also pray for those receiving these backpacks that they will feel God’s love through the love and sacrifice made by these ladies just for them.

 

 

 

Time to Pack

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” including packing! (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Our team came together for one evening to create an assembly line and put together 150 personal care kits that will be given out at the Salvation Army Harbor Light facility in Minneapolis on Thanksgiving morning.

We’re grateful this ministry has so many friends and supporters. When we have a need, it seems someone is willing to step up to the task!

Furnishings for hard worker in new place

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We helped locate Staci into a nice first floor apartment in the NW suburbs. She has a good job working retail (9 years at the same company) yet found herself in a situation and lost her housing. After 6 months in a shelter, she finally has a place! A donor provided some nice furniture – sorry, we had to use a “stock” picture…we lost our original photo somehow :-(. Our volunteers delivered the furniture the same evening we received it!

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How to Prevent Homelessness

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Our efforts at T2NL continue to provide relief to those who struggle with basic needs – clothing items, grocery cards, bus tokens for appointments and the like. Now in addition to this, we’re working with housing agencies to support clients beyond their reach.

Simpson, Our Savior’s and the Salvation Army all have housing programs aligned with us such that when they have a need they can’t meet, they contact us.

Case and point: Simpson Housing has clients that are living independently but from time to time run into a financial snag. Now their rent payment is at risk. “Snags” are things like gaps during change of employment, temporary loss of daycare while working, car repairs, health issues or death in the family. Life stuff that happens regardless of your income. Some of the clients that go back to Simpson for help were outside Simpson’s ability to provide complete relief. That’s where Thresholds comes in.

We triage the situation during a client interview and determine the size and duration of the financial gap. Our grant team reviews the case and within 48 hours determines the support we will provide. All payments are made directly to the provider (e.g. landlord, utility company). In many cases, the client will provide part of the gap coverage with T2NL covering the remainder.

In 2015, Threshold to New Life met the needs of 54 people allowing them to keep the housing they already had. That’s a big deal. Why?

Losing your housing due to unpaid rent hurts your rental history. Whatever the client had for rental history before has now gotten worse. And when housing is obtained via the help of a housing agency and then lost, many clients end up back where they started – at a homeless shelter. Often times when returning to a shelter, one must be homeless for a full year before becoming eligible for a housing program again – a guideline intended for good reason, but can be unintentionally punitive.

By keeping people in the housing they have, homelessness and shelter populations are reduced. Our average grant is between $200 and $400. In 2013 the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s study on the cost of caring for a homeless individual was pegged at $109 per day. And we just invest a couple of hundred dollars to keep someone in their housing.

This makes sense. It’s economical. It’s humane.

We welcome partners to come along with us on the journey of serving God by serving His designates – the poor and needy. Check out the donate link to provide tax deductible support for this great effort.

 Thank you.

 

 

Image credit: http://www.handetroit.org/need-help/

 

 

Carla Bahr

SECRETARY/TREASURER & ADVOCATE

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 working 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.


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Richard Bahr

PRESIDENT & 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 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.


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Sheila Daniels

DIRECTOR

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. in Human Services in 2018. Following multiple promotions, she now is the Case Management Program Manager 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.


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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 VisionCommon Hope, and Unseen among them. She loves to cook, eat, and make others feel welcome. She translates this into preparing and serving food at Simpson Shelter, Minneapolis, alongside her friends from Grace Fellowship, Brooklyn Park, MN.


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Denise Morrisette

DIRECTOR

A life-long Minnesotan, Denise 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, and moral education along with physical activity to girls in grades 3 – 5.


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John Morrisette

DIRECTOR

Also a life-long Minnesotan, John 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.


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Rob Van Beusekom

DIRECTOR

Rob was born and raised in the Minneapolis area and currently lives in the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis with 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 in Brooklyn Park, where he serves as a church elder, men’s group leader, and small group leader.


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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 the 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.


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