The Bridge Celebrates 50 Years of Giving Hope to Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Since the organization’s founding in 1970, The Bridge for Youth has given hope to homeless and runaway youth. Whether they are running from abuse, navigating the foster care system, or just need someone to talk to, The Bridge is here for all youth – without questions and without judgement.

We are pleased to announce that 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Bridge for Youth.

“The Bridge for Youth is grateful for 50 years of support and commitment from the community. With over 6,000 youth homeless every night in Minnesota, the need for our services remains critical. The Bridge is committed to serving homeless youth and their families for as long into the future as we are needed.”

– Karla Dross, The Bridge for Youth, Interim Executive Director

To mark this anniversary, each month throughout the year will feature a video honoring some of the thousands of people whose lives have been touched by The Bridge and who have contributed to our efforts to serve homeless and runaway youth. Video link below:


The first Faces of 50 video features the founders of The Bridge for Youth, Sister Marlene Barghini and Sister Rita Steinhagen. Thank you Sister Rita and Sister Marlene for your vision and passion in starting The Bridge for Youth. We are proud to feature you as our first “Faces of 50”.


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