What Bridge Bread means to me

I asked people in the Bridge Bread Community what Bridge Bread means to them and here is what they told me:

Bridge Bread - made for the homeless, by the homeless

Subject: Drive home from church today

As we approached Skinker from Forest Park Expressway, there was a man standing with a sign, "homeless....". I gave Jessi a dollar to hand to him. When she rolled down the window, he came up to the car, thanked us for the money - and then spotted the Bridge Bread pastry on her lap. He offered to trade the dollar for the pastry - she immediately gave him the pastry (and told him to keep the dollar).

Seemed fitting that the Bridge Bread was passed along to him.

Kelly

Ellen at SLU

The Human Resources department at Saint Louis University orders Bridge Bread once a month. Being a "human" oriented business place, the purpose of Bridge Bread fits right in with our mission. The yummy loaves arrive and smell wonderful! I particularly like the brioche rolls which I slice open and serve with sliders from the grill. My husband and son are particular fans of the cinnamon rolls.

I strongly recommend visiting the Bridge and if you have time, make some bread. I've met some of the wonderful workers who make the bread and their stories touched my heart. In particular, I spoke with one woman as she was kneading the dough I looked at her name badge to see her name. She turned to me with a smile and said, "That's my employment ID. My daughter and I are no longer homeless thanks to the work that I do here at Bridge Bread."

Inspired to write a poem

Denise and Kevin Baich dropped by The Bridge to donate 300 hot dogs on Saturday and got a chance to see Bridge Bread in action. Denise was inspired to write a poem about her feelings. It can be found here. Thank you, Denise.

Debra, on staff at The Bridge

I love the aroma of the bread when it's baking; and it tastes as good as it smells!

Michelle - Monthly Bridge Bread Supervisor

It is amazing to be a part of something that means so much to the workers. Not only does the product taste great, but it is such an easy way to give back and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

Saturday Volunteer

Volunteering as a Bridge Bread supervisor is hard work! What keeps me coming back are the friendships I have formed with the workers. Not only am I making a difference in their lives through mentoring and job skills training; they are making a difference in my life. The stories they share about what led to their current circumstances, and their determination to do better are inspiring. Working your way out of poverty is more difficult than I had imagined. For every two steps forward you take one step back. Bridge Bread is one way to take those two steps forward.

Bridge Bread Fan

I'm a fan of all the Bridge Bread varieties, but the Light Brioche dinner rolls are my favorite. So soft and tasty--espcially after I warm them in the oven. Yum!

Mark Schrader from St. Mark's UMC

Love your cinnamon rolls, my wife Debi says they are the best she ever ate.

Laurie Underwood from Manchester

I feel like Bridge Bread is a wonderful opportunity for clients to learn a trade and get back on their feet. Our society today needs more "trade" opportunities, but many of them fall short of providing what the needy people really need....free training! Yes, there are a lot of schools that offer trade training, but everyone should appreciate a good loaf of bread that comes from a quality source and helps others all at the same time!

Bridge Bread provides a means of social justice for its clients; they are educated in a respectful and equal way, they are treated fairly and given a chance at a quality life.

I enjoy volunteering for our church to pick up the bread. Everything is run so smoothly, and our order is ready to go when I get there. It only takes about an hour to get there and back to my church. I also enjoy meeting some of the workers..they take their jobs seriously and work hard to produce a quality product.