Closing a gap when entering new housing

LaTonya was staying at the People Serving People shelter when we met. We found her to be very gracious and ambitious. Her son is extremely well-mannered and helpful. She needed help furnishing her new apartment. T2NL located some furniture (couch, table, chairs and inflatable beds) as well as a TV set (with digital adapter) and a entertainment center, all from generous donors.

Benefits interrupted and T2NL steps in the gap

With the birth of her new baby, Loreal experienced an unexpected stoppage of her benefits and needed a little help with her rent. She had a wonderfully cooperative landlord who was willing to work with us. She sent a nice thank you card…”Thank you for everything”. We thank the source and great Giver of all we have for His provision that we are able to share with these folks.

Mom approved for housing in suburbs

Kia has two school-aged children and found refuge in Maple Grove, once having been approved for housing. Our volunteer, Denise, stepped in to help enroll the children in their new school and take them school clothes shopping. Now that the kids are off to school, mom is looking to do the same at Hennepin Technical College.

Persistent job searcher has rent gap

Sabrina needed help with rent. She was vigorously pursuing employment…and was successful! She struck us as super organized and a real “go getter”. Here’s her words for us to share with you:

“I just want to let you know that I have found a job. I want to thank you and your community for all of your help and prayers. I think God for blessing me with people like you.”

Ambitious young woman needs a nudge

We met Sherry through a referral from Grace Fellowship in Brooklyn Park. We worked together to provide the assistance needed to help her move forward. Here’s what was on Sherry’s heart to share with us:

“I have never had help like this before and I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am for it. I am a person who shows my appreciation and I’ve always believed in paying it forward”.

We have no doubt that in God’s time, Sherry will “pay it forward”

Medical issues causes job loss

Here’s a quote from Kevin’s email to us (better than reading our interpretation of the events!):

“Once I lost my job and was under a doctor’s care for three weeks and not being able to pay my rent and having an eviction notice, God blessed me with finding your organization. Your organization was a Godsend”.

Only thing to say after that is, “Amen”!

Under-employed, mom and three kids need groceries

Sheila is working hard at her part time job. She has a home under a program that provides an opportunity for her to own it at some point (sorry, didn’t get the name of the program). As can happen, she got behind on some bills and was coming up short for the month. The good news had just come that she would be going full time at her job shortly. But what to do to make it in the meanwhile? T2NL took Sheila shopping for the grocery items needed to bridge the gap. We also left her a grocery gift card, so she could get whatever else she might need until her first, larger paycheck arrives. Sheila told us “things are looking up”. We’re looking up and praising God for His provision…how He always loves and cares for us. We’re glad to have the opportunity to do the same for Sheila’s family.

Family in crisis

Through our connections on Facebook, we met William and his children…five to be exact. Lots of domestic turmoil and a sad situation for sure for the children. William is sightless, so imagine raising five kids on your own, with limited means and being blind. Lots of challenges. The immediate need was for temporary housing. We found an extended stay residence that bridged the gap between the previous living situation and the next one arranged. Additionally, T2NL provide groceries and clothing for the children. William said not only the financial support but the “love you showed us” meant everything. That’s what Jesus does…He loves those with less.

Interview clothes provided

Jerry made the connect to T2NL through a referral from the staff at High Ground in Minneapolis. He was set to interview for a new job on Monday and on Thursday, came to the realization that he didn’t have the clothing required to make the positive impression he hoped for. He is a big man, so finding good business-casual attire would be difficult. We did some research and found a store specializing in consigned business wear (Turnstyles). With a trip there, a stop a JC Penny’s and a meal following, we were able to help Jerry get outfitted for his professional interview. Yes, he got the job!

Washcloths provided for homeless shelter

As we’ve gotten to know the staff at the High Ground shelter in Minneapolis, we’ve learned about some of the shortcomings in the supply system. No doubt the need is great and the resources are scarce! One of the security staff mentioned they could really use washcloths for the men staying in the overnight shelter. There’s a system to ‘check out’ a towel and washcloth, but its difficult to maintain and the washcloths disappear. We have a connection (thanks, Larry D!) that allows T2NL to buy product from Sysco at good rates. So, in this instance we bought and provided 300 new, white washcloths for the shelter men. Since then, we’ve continued to provide shampoo and bars of soap whenever possible.

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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