Money Matters

Hope Harbor

We sponsored a seminar called “Money Matters”, in cooperation with #salvationarmy #hopeharbor as a benefit to the residents. Our goal was to provide practical tips and techniques to the attendees, so “you manage the money, your money doesn’t manage you.”

All attendees (13 in all) received a household care kit as pictured above.

Thanks so much to Rob and Nancy for all their preparation and graciousness to take a couple of hours from their schedule to lead this session.

We intend to follow-up in several months to see what folks have developed for new habits and do a brush up on the seminar.

How to Prevent Homelessness

Homeless family

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode

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.


Here can be your custom HTML or Shortcode