Erin’s Story

Erin and baby 2016-05

We stopped in to see Erin…ok…maybe actually to see her baby daughter, too 🙂 . Mom and baby are doing great! Erin is such a good and patient mom and baby girl is the sweetest thing ever! Both have been blessed by T2NL from the time we met her just after giving birth while staying at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. We helped equip her new home with needed items. Carla stopped in recently just check in to see that all is well. Erin thanks all of you who provide support to this ministry. It has helped Erin move over her threshold and into her new life!

This story is not unique. In 2015, this ministry helped 54 people keep the homes they have by providing the means to cover their “gap”. On average, it cost about $300 to keep one person in their housing.

That’s a $25 monthly donation. Would you consider that?

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Thank you for your prayers and support!

 

 

TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!

Simpson Thank You Combo

Our team at Threshold to New Life has worked hard during the past three years to provide RELIEF to the homeless and begin the process of RESTORATION to the lives we be believe God has in store for them. We have great partners. Several of the shelters and housing agencies in the Twin Cities have worked with us cooperatively to this end. Reducing the struggle and suffering takes a real team effort and a God that won’t quit. We’re grateful to Simpson Housing for our partnership.

Single mom and baby needed help

Erin was referred to T2NL while staying at a shelter with her newborn daughter. She was in need of everything baby – diapers, formula, clothing, wipes, lotion and so on. Once this initial need was met, she worked with the housing folks at the shelter to get an apartment. Upon moving in, she needed furnishings to make her house a home. Although we don’t normally deal much in furniture, we put the need out to our network and many generous people that follow this ministry stepped forward to help. Hallelujah! All of what Erin needed was provided! We serve a God of abundance and He showed up mightily for Erin and her daughter via the Threshold supporter network.

 

Simpson Housing staffer thanks T2NL

Thank you from Gretchen at Simpson Housing 2016-01How cool is this? Gretchen has been a KEY contact person referring clients to us from Simpson Housing when they need a financial backstop. She has done a great job of vetting situations for us and connecting Threshold to New Life to situations in which we can help the most. Sadly for us, Gretchen moved onto a new position elsewhere and as she was leaving, sent us this card from her and her husband because they believe in and support the work we’re doing.

Newborn supplies needed

Homeless with no family in the Twin Cities, Erin was pregnant with her first child. When the baby was born, she moved into a shelter with her newborn daughter. The shelter provided a few basic necessities for new mothers, but since she was homeless previously, Erin came to the shelter without much of anything to begin her journey into motherhood. Threshold to New Life bought and delivered a care package of many of the items needed for a new baby. Erin was grateful and we’re thankful to have the resources permitting us to “step in the gap” for her and her young daughter.

Pack n’ Play

We were contacted by Simpson Housing regarding a client about to have her second child. She works at a convenience store just down the block from her apartment. She planned to take a short time off with her new baby, then return to work while her mother watches the kids. She has been a successful housing client and needed help outside what Simpson could provide.

Our newest client helper, Marie, handled the initial call and did a great job understanding the need so a speedy decision could be made to help. A couple of our team members located a new Pack n’ Play, as requested by the client, to use as a crib as well as some much needed diapers.

A unique request and one for which T2NL was happy to step in the gap.

Client helped by closing a small gap

TY note from Simpson Housing 2015-11Simpson Housing is a key partner for T2NL, referring clients to us that are beyond their organization’s ability to help. One case worker called us their “last resort”. T2NL was able to step in and help this client and were recognized by Simpson Housing for the support we provided.

Mom hospitalized. Family fell short on rent

While the mom was hospitalized, dad stayed home with the kids as they couldn’t find adequate childcare. Because of this, dad missed three weeks of work. Thankfully, he regained employment, however with the shortfall in earnings, the family fell behind in the rent. 

Along with a grant from T2NL, the family was able to make a payment arrangement with the landlord. 

How wonderful is it to assist in keeping this hard-working family in their housing and not be out trying to find another place during the holiday season?

 

BBQ at Higher Ground Shelter in Minneapolis

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BBQ at Higher Ground Shelter in Minneapolis

We did this last summer and stepped it up a bit this year. Brothers Butcher shop in Maple Grove gave a steep discount on 200 burgers and 200 hot dogs. Six volunteers showed up to cook and serve. All men that came into the shelter Tues, Sept 1 had the choice to enjoy some BBQ, chips and a bottle of water. Thanks to those who helped, T2NL providing the funding and to a holy and merciful God that meets and loves us right where we happen to be at in life.

Combat Wounded Veteran Gets Wheels

Tyrese with his new carThrough several connections, our ministry provided a car to our client Tyrese. He was wounded in the Gulf War but isn’t content to live on disability. As a matter of fact, he seems not to recognize that he has one. Regularly Tyrese holds down two or three jobs including running his own one man cleaning service.

When the transmission went out in his last vehicle, we launched into action. Through several connections we met Annette at Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (http://www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org/). She put the word out in their network and located a generous donor willing to part with their car for the cause.

What a blessing! I never get tired of seeing how God works and enables His purposes to be fulfilled. We’re grateful to Annette and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon as well as the donors for the heart to give. Tyrese was elated and hopes someday to give back as he has been given to.

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 Vision, Common 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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