Bridges Outreach

Bridges Outreach

Travis Taflinger and Casey Cline graduated from Anderson University and came back to their home town with a dream. They wanted to build a Christian organization that would help kids that might not have all the support systems in place that kids need to have a happy and healthy life. They had a few struggles along the way to getting the program up and running, but they persevered. A local school superintendent heard of what they were trying to do and called them in for a conference. He invited them to use school facilities to deliver the mentoring and tutoring and "just hanging out" part of the ministry. They very quickly accepted and Bridges Outreach was given birth. Soon we began to see kids whose lives were dramatically changed because someone cared about them. They began to see sharp improvements in school, less involvement with the juvenile justice system, and kids who had little hope actually planning to go to college. The program has grown and now impacts hundreds of kids. Bridges Outreach has been held up as a model program statewide for how creative partnerships can be used to deliver very critical services to kids with a relatively small budget.

Travis and Casey feel that the Foundation has been a strong partner for them as they found people who were interested in their mission and did not try to tell them how to carry out their vision, They very much appreciate the Building Capacity Program as it has allowed them to strengthen their organization to better carry out its mission. The Foundation feels very strongly about Travis and Casey as well. We are proud of their work and we are excited as we see their passion to do more for the young people of our community. They are two excellent examples of faith in action, and we like being a small part of their story. Kokomo is better off because Travis and Casey came home.

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