I asked my daughter who runs Family Promise of Brevard in Florida one day, Tara do you wake up thinking about money? This came shortly after we filed as a 501(c)3 for Across The Bridge, and her answer (she has a great husband and 3 beautiful kids as well), was YES!
The reason is we believe in what we are doing so passionately but can not always translate that passion to others to compel them to give. Churches are churches, people give because they know their money is in good hands, and they are blessed for their giving. Organizations like United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity are all proven commodities, but they have all struggled for support at times.
In Tara's case, she took over a floundering program that helped homeless people, and not many folks were interested in that project, nor in their location. When I first visited a few years ago, they were low key and beginning to make a comeback under her leadership and beautiful heart to serve. Now, they are thriving, have doubled in size, and are creating homeowners out of previously homeless people.
But it took Tara an enormous amount of time and effort to raise money and partners. She would post things so often that you almost had to give because she was relentless. Why? Because, in reality, most folks look at homeless people as losers, people who have turned their back on responsibility, rather than people who just need help getting their lives back together. Their circumstances may be self induced or not, but they are still people in need of other people to help them get back on track. But every day, there was Tara pounding the proverbial pavement for contributions.
At Across The Bridge, our folks are similar, people in addiction and life changing circumstances, who are or have been homeless, most created by their own decisions. My job is to help them get back on track through our organization and to treat them the way the Lord instructs us to do. Not to judge their circumstances, but to provide spiritual and emotional guidance through our program of meetings, teaching, connection and coaching, and it is working!
It is hard for me to ask you to donate, and to keep pounding that pavement, but you are the ones who provide us that fuel to succeed with people most have turned their back on. We are not dressed up and pretty. we are those front line people who roll up their sleeves and get on the level of our folks to understand how we can help and not enable.
We always need your financial support every day, and we are led by a great Board of Directors, kept on a great financial path by an experienced treasurer, a fantastic CPA (2nd quarter report coming soon), and remain open to the public about what we do and that is to help restore broken lives.
Me, I am that guy who has to be Tara, that passionate person who believes in what they are doing so much that they put it all on the line, they are absolutely relentless in their faith in what they believe in, and they keep asking you to support them to do so. I beg you not to get tired of our asking; we just want to end addiction and homelessness.
Please pray about giving to us, and if you are so compelled, donate at acrossthebridgeinc.com or mail us a check at 900 Cripple Creek Drive, Suite A, Lawrenceville Ga 30043. Or if you can volunteer or wish to see up close and personal our facility and ask me more about what we do, call me at 404-915-7376.
Thank You and enjoy his blessings! Glenn
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.