The Bridge Ministry Of The CSRA Bids Farewell After 17 Years Of Service
At the beginning of November, The Bridge Ministry of the CSRA announced that there would be some upcoming changes to the organization.
The biggest change included in the letter was that the Bridge Ministry would no longer take place.
The Bridge, started back in 2007, on January 20. The organization was started by Pastor Order Gardner and his wife, Kimmi. With their efforts, alongside a small group of volunteers, they began serving hot meals and providing basic toiletries and basic supplies to those in need on Saturday afternoons, under the Calhoun Expressway on 15th Street.
Throughout the years they garnered lots of support from the Augusta community, from multiple churches and businesses, who also care about making a difference in people’s lives in the city that need it.
In the letter Pastor Roger, the staff, and the Board of Directors broke down other factors that also led to the end of the Bridge Ministry.
- COVID-19. The pandemic may have been declared over but businesses and people were affected forever. Some businesses didn’t even make it out of 2020 and while others did, they couldn’t replace the damage it caused behind the scenes. For them, COVID-19 changed the way they could serve and limited their effectiveness in the community. COVID also caused a decrease in the ability of many to give.
- Attendance has been down more than half of the times they serve. They have began serving some of the same individuals and families for the past few years due to low attendance.
- There haven’t been as many volunteers able to help out.
Along with more factors disclosed in the letter.
They have decided that the Thanksgiving Service they held on November 18 would be their last outreach service under the 15th Street Bridge. They will have one final outreach throughout the city for Christmas. Then the office will close on December 31st.