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Recent News

Have Your Coffee and Help Others Too!

April 20th, 2021|

Have your coffee and help people in need at the same time! Mission Grounds Espresso is located at 1st Ave. and Bridge Street. Mission Grounds Espresso is a drive through espresso house that offers coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, bubble tea, smoothies and more!  All proceeds go to support Bridge Street Mission.

https://www.wsaw.com/video/2021/04/18/local-coffee-shop-supports-wausau-community/

 

 

Get Out and Get New

March 22nd, 2021|

Daily morning exercises, weekly gym nights and YMCA memberships are now being offered at Bridge Street Mission’s Sober Living Center.

Tuesday nights will now be basketball and exercise night at the Salvation Army gym.  As part of an initiative to encourage physical fitness, our exercise program will consist of morning calisthenics led by one of our residents, these weekly trips to the Salavation Army gym, and a free month membership at the YMCA.

Why, in light of all their other needs, is this a priority?  Our hope is that these healthy activities will replace negative habits.  Whenever we remove something from our lives, like addiction or other bad habits, it is important to replace them with something good, so there is no room for those bad habits to come back. We put off the old and put on the new.

“in reference to your former way of life, you are to rid yourselves of the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you are to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

                          Ephesians 4:22-24

Exercise can be one of these new habits.  In addition, there is ample evidence that physical activity is helpful to overcoming addiction.  Lin and Aaron Sternlicht of Family Addiction Specialists in New York City explain the benefits of exercise to overcoming addiction in this way…

“Physical activity triggers a biological cascade of occurrences that results in many physical and mental health benefits.  Research suggests that exercise is an effective treatment for mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, and can serve as a fundamental component to one’s recovery from addiction.  Studies show that individuals who engage in a fitness routine live happier and healthier lives.  Furthermore, experts in the field of addiction recovery and mental health believe that fitness is critical to living an addiction-free lifestyle and improving mental health.

Exercise can serve as a natural high, and not only make you feel good, but be good for you.  Fitness allows individuals to experience a natural high without being on a mind or mood altering illicit substance.  Most people are aware that exercise can produce “feel good” chemicals in the brain called endorphins.  What some don’t know is that exercise, especially low-intensity exercise sustained over time, helps nerve cells grow and make new connections, subsequently improving brain functioning and helping individuals to feel better.”

You can read more aobut the benefits of exercise to recovery in the following articles…

Virtual Banquet Video

February 22nd, 2021|

 

Bridge Street Mission’s Virtual Fundraising Banquet video goes live at 6:00 PM Central on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  View this video at your convenience to…

  • Learn how Bridge Street Mission came to be through one family’s desire to reach out to people in need.
  • Hear how cities throughout the country have met the urgent needs of their communities through the establishment and support of their local rescue mission.
  • See how lives are already being transformed by Christ-centered programming.
  • Support this vital ministry by your patronage of Mission Grounds and through providing scholarships for men in our Sober Living Program

The Urban Street Project is Finished!

January 26th, 2021|

The Urban Street Project is done. Wausau area contractors discounted labor and donated materials to build a brand new home. Its sale benefits the Sober Living Program. We are extremely humbled, grateful, excited, just generally amazed that this much generosity at this quality has been committed toward our ministry.

Growing Up So Fast

November 30th, 2020|

In many ways, Bridge Street Mission might be considered a “toddler” ministry. This ministry was conceived as recently as 2015, when the Tappe family began “Gazebo Grillouts” for those experiencing homelessness in Wausau.  We are only in our 5th year as a church and 2nd year as a 501c3 non-profit.  Read more in Bridge Street Mission’s November 2020 Newsletter…..

November 2020