All media inquiries should be directed to….
Craig Vincent/Executive Director
Second Chance Thrift
Second Chance Thrift is a temporary outreach of Bridge Street Mission. Through the generosity of the Wausau community and the tremendous effort of a team of volunteers, Second Chance Thrift will be offering gently used clothing and other thrift items at very low prices to the general public at the Donation Center located at 750 Jackson St. in Wausau. All proceeds will go to support Bridge Street Mission.
Second Chance Thrift will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm beginning on Thursday, October 16, 2020 and ending on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
This is an “all items must go” event and additional donations for thrift are not being accepted. Bridge Street Mission will continue accepting donations of food and other requested items in support of the Outreach Center and Sober Living Program. For more information visit www.bridgestreetmission.org.
Bridge Street Mission offers Christ-Centered Solutions for Central Wisconsin by serving and uplifting those in our community who struggle with homelessness, addictions, hunger and maintaining a stable life. Through doing “Food Together” at the Outreach Center located at 115 W. Bridge St., this year alone, over 30,000 meals have been served to those in need in the Wausau community. In addition, over 30 men are currently being housed in the Sober Living Centered located a 1140 W. Bridge St. This Christian discipleship program is assisting men in overcoming addictions and establishing stable and productive lives.
Moving forward, Bridge Street Mission will be evaluating the community need as well as existing offerings for thrift and may revisit a similar outreach as time and resources allow us to meet needs creatively and excellently in Central Wisconsin.
Those wanting to support Bridge Street Mission through purchases have an excellent opportunity to do so at Mission Grounds Espresso, located at 107 W. Bridge St. This drive through espresso house offers coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, bubble teas and smoothies. All proceeds go to support Bridge Street Mission.
Urban Street Project
What is the Urban Street Project?
The Urban Street Project provides both affordable housing and assistance to those in need. In an effort to raise $100,000 for the Bridge Street Mission’s sober living program, Central Wisconsin contractors and friends of the mission are working together to build and sell a home on Meadow Brook Way in Wausau. The lot and permits are in place, and we have started the excavation and foundation process! You can really see progress now as the set date just took place on Monday.
Who benefits from the efforts of the Urban Street Project?
All profits of the Urban Street Project will benefit Bridge Street Mission. Bridge Street Mission offers Christ-Centered solutions for those in need. We currently shelter about 30 men in our sober living facility. Through short term and extended stay programming, men in various stages of recovery are given the support and skills they need to live productive lives. In addition, we operate an outreach center where we do food together with the community, serving over 30,000 meals so far in 2020!
Who participates in the Urban Street Project? How can others help?
The Urban Street Project is truly a community wide effort. We have businesses of all sizes and volunteers of all backgrounds joining together to make this project a success. We are thrilled to announce that all of the primary construction phases are accounted for. We are currently accepting monetary donations toward the project at bridgestreetmission.org. Contact the Bridge Street Mission or Denyon Homes for more information.
What are your goals for the Urban Street Project? What is the timeline?
We hope to generate a profit of $100,000 to help reduce the cost of our sober living program. We want those in need to be able to access our programs and resources free of charge. Of course, we also hope this project brings awareness to both the needs in our community and the efforts of the Bridge Street Mission to meet those needs. We are proud to offer food, shelter, and Christ-Centered solutions to our community! We are anticipating that the Meadow Brook Way house will be completed, and available for purchase, in February of 2021.
What have you noticed while working on the Urban Street Project?
The Urban Street Project is a unique fundraiser that I have not seen anywhere else. It lines up perfectly with Wausau’s reputation for home manufacturing, It has overwhelming support from the community. Businesses and friends of Bridge Street Mission have really rallied their resources to contribute towards the Urban Street Project. We appreciate the generosity of the central Wisconsin community and would like to especially thank our platinum sponsors: Denyon Homes, Wausau Homes and JCE.
Sober Living Center
The Sober Living Center, located at 1140 W. Bridge St., is a ministry of Bridge Street Mission. The Sober Living Center is a Christian discipleship program that when fully implemented will include both short term (30 day) and long term (8 month or 2 year) options for men in various stages of need and/or recovery.
These programs are open to any man who is willing to fully participate in programming and abide by program policies. Men are selected from those who complete an application, are interviewed and sign the program agreement. There are nominal program fees associated with the program that can be paid via personal resources, 3rd party advocates or scholarships. Men must be 21 days sober before being accepted into the program and are routinely tested to maintain a healthy and safe environment.
Our Christ-centered programming provides the support, accountability and skills needed to live addiction free and establish stable and productive lives. Both the 8 month and 2 year programs are currently open. Future additions to programming include the opening of the 30 day program as well as employment readiness that includes both the soft skills and hard skills to maintain employment. Employment tracks being explored are welding, small engine repair, culinary arts and facility management.