Heart River Bridges of Hope is an outreach and re-entry ministry on behalf of the ELCA and the whole Church. As an expression of God’s grace and love, this ministry will provide youth opportunities for community worship, mentorship, wellness, and mutually enriching relationships. Trusting and believing that God heals and creates new life, our intent is to accompany and empower youth toward a future with hope.
Heart River Bridges of Hope Program
- serves the state of North Dakota
- works to build ecumenical, faith-based relationships with youth released from the Youth Correctional Center and congregations across the state
- provides a Mentor for each youth who voluntarily wants to be a part of the program
- reduce recidivism
- foster faith formation and spiritual development
- empower youth
- empower the greater Church for mission and advocacy
For more information, please contact:
Shera Nesheim, Diaconal Minister
How You Can Help
If you are interested in understanding how to better connect with young people, or feel called to being in a mentor relationship with a young person who has been in juvenile corrections, Heart River Bridges of Hope offers helpful training. Our program relies on caring people like you to help guide young people into Christian community and healthy choices for successful living. Thank you for the time you spend volunteering!
Apply to be a mentor
To download a mentor application, CLICK HERE.
Parents' Support Group
Our parents' support group meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm. The support group is led by couselor, Kim Helbling, LPC. This is intended to be a safe place for caregivers of kids in the justice system to find support and confidentiality, and to have open and respectful conversation in a place with hope and prayer. Resources available to you in the community this night also include: a food pantry at this same location, as well as a free meal at “The Banquet” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 N 4th St.
Mentor Support Group
Our Mentor Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. We hope to offer a place for mentors to have opportunities to learn more, connect and pray with one another, and gain a better understanding of what it means to mentor in the Heart River Bridges of Hope program.
Support groups meet at the location shared by Ministry on the Margins and Heart River Bridges of Hope, 201 N 24th St. in Bismarck.
Heart River Bridges of Hope is grateful to be in partnership with the following organizations:
- Bismarck YMCA
- ND Conference of Churches
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Western ND Synod (ELCA)
- Eastern ND Synod (ELCA)
- Lutheran Social Services
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
- Congregations throughout North Dakota
- ND Youth Correctional Center
- ND Division of Juvenile Services
- Charles Hall Youth Services
- Heartview Foundation
- Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
- Home on the Range
- Prairie Learning Center