Creating a Christian community, rooted in the Beatitudes, which supports and protects the dignity of persons with disabilities. Bridges of Belonging, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our goals have incorporated the vision of Jean Vanier, who established the first L’Arche community in Trosly, France back in 1964. He opened his home to two men who had been in institutions for developmentally disabled most of their lives. He did so in response to his belief in the dignity of every human being and their right to celebrate that dignity within the context of community.
Bridges of Belonging, Inc. is guided by these same core values and principles which include:
The unique qualities of this home:
This is a volunteer, community board. There are no administrative costs in the corporation.
Jeannette Spilde, President
Tom Ballinger, Vice President
Joe Welch, Treasurer
Julie Pichler, Secretary
Current Board Members:
Dr. Jeannette Spilde
Those who have served in the past:
Mary Bakalars, concerned parent, Director of ARC of La Crosse
Sue Gilbert, concerned parent, pastoral minister
Kent Handel, CEO of Trust Point, Inc.
Dawn Jaehnke, dedicated volunteer
Robin Malayter, concerned parent, business owner
Tom Rand, retired CEO of Bethany-St. Joseph Corporation
Kathy Smalley, advocate for people with disabilities
Brad Sturm, President of Coulee Bank
Tom Thibodeau, professor at Viterbo University
Sr. Rose Elsbernd