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Our History

A dream three-decades in the making:

The idea of our Dwelling Place started in the mid-eighties, when we first learned about L’Arche and it’s founder, Jean Vanier.  Our initial attempts to establish a home were derailed because L’Arche was not in a position to expand.  However, in 2005, we introduced our dream to members of the community.  At this time we identified needs in our community, along with avenues of support, and we were not wrong; our community wanted to help us make our dream come true.

In April of 2006, a 12-member board was created.  A year later in April 2007, we were officially incorporated as Bridges of Belonging, Inc. By August 2008, we received our 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. Since this time, we have partnered with the City of La Crosse and County of La Crosse to spread awareness.  

In June 2011, our dream began to take shape.  We purchased a quarter-acre of land from the City of La Crosse. By June 2012, we contracted with Catholic Charities  to manage our Adult Family Home (AFH).  

On July 15, 2012, we broke ground and began building our one-story, four-bedroom AFH, which blends into the existing neighborhood.  Our dream became real in January 2013 when “The Dwelling Place” was completed and open to four adults with disabilities.


Building Bridges

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and support our home. Your generous donation will fund our  non-profit and faith-based mission. Thank you.

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