Volunteer Highlight: Liz Keeffe, a Lifelong Impact & Career Path Redirected

“I did not have a strong sense of what I wanted to do and after my first trip to Nicaragua I suddenly did. I suddenly felt really, really passionate about something”. Liz Keeffe was 16 when she went on her first Bridges trip. As a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church, she had heard the experiences […]

International Women’s Day: Impressive Women of Bridges

In honor of International’s Women’s Day, we are sharing stories of some of the amazing women of Bridges to Community.  Katie Viscardi, Bridges Volunteer Originally from Hazlet, New Jersey, Katie took her first Bridges trip over Spring Break in 2013. Her uncle had been taking students on trips to Nicaragua for years, and, after each […]

Health Program Highlight: The Lahn Medical Brigade

Doctor and Bridges Board Member, Michael Lahn, and 4 fellow medical professionals took off for Siuna, Nicaragua in mid-November. Knowing that many people travel on foot for hours to reach the health post in Hormiguero where the medical brigades are typically stationed, Dr. Lahn decided instead to travel into the remote communities to assess and […]

Welcome Caroline Loftus!

Dear Friends, The Board of Bridges to Community is delighted to announce the hiring of Caroline Loftus as Interim Executive Director, following the departure of our former Executive Director John Hannan. Caroline comes to us with many years of increasingly responsible positions in the international humanitarian and development world. Most of her career has been […]

The Ripple Effect of Building 1 House

Our Nicaraguan Housing Model: Housing is the first step toward making a family safe and healthy. Doors and windows that lock keep belongings safe so that all family members can go to work or school. Bridges helps secure land titles for owners and constructs more than 60 sturdy cinderblock homes per year. Housing beneficiaries pay […]

Scholarship Student Highlight: Carlos Hernandez

In 2016, Carlos Hernandez was admitted to the Bridges to Community Scholarship Program and began his first year of high school. He lives with his single mother and and siblings in Mojon, Jinotega and is the oldest of 7 children. Due to his large family size and single parent family, Carlos would not be in […]

Bridges Families Highlight: Maria

Maria is a mother of four children who, for years, had no permanent home to live in. She was forced to constantly move the children, staying wherever someone was able to make space them. After years of hard work, Maria was able to purchase a small piece of land and settle her family. From there, […]

Rev. Jed Koball, Mission Co-worker @ Presbyterian World Mission

I cherish my time and experiences with Bridges to Community. Perhaps the greatest impact on my personal life were the deep friendships I developed with fellow staff members and the overall sense of community that we all (North Americans and Nicaraguans alike – staff, board, community members and trip participants) fostered together across many barriers […]

Jacob Stoehr, former staff member in Nicaragua.

From my little casita in Nicaragua, I wrote my law school entrance essays about confronting social and human rights issues in Latin America… which led me to the Inter-American Development Bank, which led me to a high powered law firm defending foreign investment and the rule of law in Latin America…and then I met my […]

Chuck Ramsey, Chairman Emeritus, Bridges to Community

“The genius of Bridges To Community is that it provides a positive, meaningful and real experience for those who travel to Nicaragua or The Dominican Republic for a Service Learning Trip.”