The Bridge House

Our Mission

We exist to bridge the gap between Jesus + our neighbors.


“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” 

Matthew 22:36-40

Why Lebanon?

The median household income in Wilson County is $70,000. However, Mt. Juliet stands at $80,000 and Lebanon stands at $46,000. Thirty-seven percent of children in Lebanon alone are economically-disadvantaged. We want to change that! We want to be right in our neighbor’s backyard, ready to help.


Fundamentals of The Bridge House

    • Exist in a low-income area where neighbors can easily access assistance
    • Serve without expectation of anything in return
    • Assist without enabling a detrimental lifestyle

How do we change the economic disadvantage?

    • Meet with neighbors to hear their story and know what their immediate needs are. 
    • Give our neighbors clothes, shoes, and blankets every 30 days
    • Provide + supplement food for families every 30 days
    • Offer need-based classes that develop skills such as resume writing, job interviews, parenting + pregnancy care, budgeting, job skills, conflict resolution, and more. 


Goals of The Bridge House

    • Serve as many neighbors + families in the low-income community as possible
    • Assist neighbors with felt needs so that they can get to a more sustainable lifestyle
    • Share the good news of Jesus with neighbors
    • (Long-term) Help the City of Lebanon get to a place where there are more options for neighbors in need
    • Create opportunities for neighbors to learn
    • Use the giftings and resources within The Bridge Fellowship and other churches to assist our neighbors


How do we accomplish this?

    • Through our local churches & small groups serving and giving
    • Through other community organizations
    • Partnering with companies to create a full food pantry
    • Fundraising & Grants

We will use a program called Charity Trackers to make sure we are assisting neighbors completely and on schedule. 

What are our future plans?

The possibilities of serving our neighbors are endless. As we pray and seek counsel, we hope to continue to expand this ministry to meet our neighbors’ needs long-term. 


How can I help?


The Bridge House

A Ministry of The Bridge Fellowship

110 W. High Street

Lebanon, TN 37087

bridgehouse@tbfonline.net

Get more information at www.tbfonline.net/ministries/bridge-house


2020 Board of Directors

Rodney Wilson, President

Michael Joyce, Secretary

Debbie Smith, Secretary

Patrick Seay

Jim Johnston

Daria Hopper


Bridge House Coordinator - Vicky Chilton


Open for Donations

Tuesdays 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesdays 9:00am - 5:00pm

Thursdays 9:00am - 5:00pm

We will open to the public as soon as our shelves are stocked. 


Items Accepted + Drop Off Information

All donations must be dropped off at The Bridge House during donation hours. Donations should not be left outside. Please knock on the doors at the back of the building (warehouse area) to drop off. Please make good use of the staff and volunteer’s time by not donating anything we cannot accept. We will turn away items that are not accepted.


Accepted Items:

Children’s Clothes (all sizes)

Women’s Clothes (all sizes)

Men’s Clothes (all sizes)

Gently Used Shoes (all sizes)

Gently Used Toys for children, birth-age 5

(must be working, clean, contain all parts, and small enough to be displayed on a shelf/ bin)

Blankets

Sleeping Bags

Wire hangers

*All Items must be in good shape with no fading, pet hair, tears or stains and be smoke-free.  

 

Non-Perishable List // There is a dire need for food during this time. 

Canned Meat (chicken, spam, vienna sausage etc.)

Canned Tuna or Salmon

Hearty Meal/Canned Stews and Chili, Chicken & Dumplings

Peanut Butter

Canned or Dry Soups

Canned Green Vegetables

Canned Mixed Vegetables

Canned Beans

Dry Beans (1lb bag)

Canned Fruit (in it’s own fruit juice or water)

Fruit Cups (in it’s own fruit juice or water)

Applesauce (family size containers and individual cups)

Canned Pasta (Ravioli, Beefaroni, Spaghetti O’s, etc.)

Spaghetti Sauce (plastic jars preferred)

Tomato Sauce

Dry Pasta (1lb bag/box)

Ramen Noodles

Boxed/Side Pastas (Macaroni & Cheese, etc.)

Hamburger Helper

Rice (1lb bag)

Boxed Side Rice (Ricearoni, Red Bean & Rice, etc)

Powdered Milk

Canned Juices

Bottled Juice (no glass)

Juice Boxes (low sugar)

Hot Cereal

Cold Cereal (box)

Pancake Mix (requiring only water)

Syrup

Muffin Mix (requiring only water)

Jiff-to-go

Jelly (no glass)

Crackers

Granola Bars

Cereal Bars

Nuts (individually packaged)

Cheese Crackers (individually packaged)

Peanut Butter Crackers (individually packaged)

Fruit Snacks (individually packaged)

Raisins (individually packaged)

Pudding Cups

Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)

Ensure (kids and adult)

Baby Food & Cereal (glass jars accepted) 

Baby Formula (Enfamil/Similac) 

Shampoo/Conditioner Combination

Bath Soap

Deodorant

Toothbrush (individually packaged)

Toothpaste

Feminine Products

Toilet Paper

Dish Soap

Diapers (newborn-size 5)

Wipes

 

Don’t know where to start?

Provide a box of our most needed items:

Canned vegetables, fruit, and meat, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, hearty meal, pasta, and cereal


Give to The Bridge House

If you would like to make a financial gift, please click here and choose “The Bridge House” fund. 

 

Special Thanks 

Thank you the people who have contributed to the renovation of The Bridge House:

Kenny Pipe & Supply

Ivey Mechanical

Ed’s Supply

Fakes & Hooker

Jack Bell

Thompson Electric

Valley Interiors

Circle Group LLC

Cliff Carey General Contractors

R&D Services