In 1987 Fran Heitzman, a former business owner and entrepreneur, was the custodian at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. On a whim, a woman brought in a piece of furniture and asked Fran if it could be used by the church.Fran said no, but he was sure he could find a home for it. After a few phone calls he found a social service agency that said they would be thrilled to receive the furniture. That was the moment Bridging was born. Fran knew that if he could find a home for that item, then he should be able to find a home for more furniture – this idea could bridge the gap between those who have and those who have not.
Since Fran founded Bridging in 1987, the organization has grown tremendously. To date, Bridging has served over 80,000 households and currently operates out of two locations – Bloomington and Roseville. Bridging serves over 14,000 people in need every year, including 7,000 youth and children. On average, Bridging distributes 14 semi-truck loads of furniture and household goods to 80 households every week. Bridging continues to accept quality, gently used items, and by doing so, diverts 200,000 pounds of inventory from the landfill each week.
The impact Bridging has made in the lives of local people in need, the environment, and its volunteers is monumental. Through support from individuals and businesses throughout the community, Bridging continues to bring hope and stability to thousands of local households in need.
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