HELPING PEOPLE AND IDEAS RISE
Get to Know Our 5 Finalists!
Bricks to Bread International
As an emerging ministry, we empower the lives of women entrepreneurs in rural Costa Rica, positively impacting their families, communities and our volunteers. We partner with local organizations to support female entrepreneurs with dreams of owning their own bakery and pizza businesses, provide fresh baked goods and bring communities together. We focus on single household women seeking a sustainable source of income to combat poverty.
We believe women in rural areas deserve to be able to provide for their families in entrepreneurial ways just as their male counterparts and those living in areas where resources are more accessible. Our business model benefits from the will, interest and financial capacity of volunteers through our service based immersion experiences. These trips promote service, world peace, expand worldview, foster cross-cultural understanding, and inspire servant leadership. We are driven by our faith, hard work, integrity, and humility.
Letters of Love
Letters of Love is a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing emotional support for patients in Children’s Hospitals around the world. It has been recognized that child patients have not been receiving enough emotional support. We strive to make sure that each and every child fighting a serious illness knows that they are supported, loved, and have a whole team fighting right along with them.
Correlating with the Dough values, Letters of Love strives to amalgamate communities of all ages, ethnicities, statuses, and even locations around the world, with kindness. Our organization creates a fun and attainable opportunity for today’s youth to engage in community service with the purpose of positively impacting their peers who are in need of extra love and support. We instill in our members and supporters that you are never too young to make the world a better place filled with more love, kindness and compassion, providing support for patients in Children’s Hospitals.
Mocha Momma's Coffee
Mocha Momma’s Coffee addresses the need for a combination of job creation, job skills, life skills, and mentoring needed to help urban youth thrive. Often young people, for example in North Minneapolis, if they can get a job, are not given the equal opportunity to be mentored in such a way that they are successful. Therefore they either give up and quit, or are possibly let go because they do not have the life skills to match success, nor mentoring to build vision and purpose into their lives.
This is a faith based driven venture that will both model and teach biblical principals and fruit of the spirit. Participants will thus be discipled whilst they are gaining employment. Leadership staff will be individuals who can demonstrate grace, justice, and love even in challenging work situations. We desire to recruit Christian business personnel who want to be mentors to young adults. I, Melanie, as an African-American native of Minneapolis have personally transversed through issues of racism and justice to the point of knowing how to forgive, seek reconciliation, and be a victor instead of a victim.
Wildflyer Coffee exists to end youth homelessness by addressing the most significant barrier to stable housing – consistent employment. Youth experiencing homelessness struggle to get and keep jobs due to internal and external barriers intrinsic to homelessness. With consistent employment and income, and strong support from Wildflyer staff, youth are able to leave homelessness, breaking the pattern of cycling through programs and into adult services without gaining the traction necessary to break the cycle of homelessness. Wildflyer offers a 6-month work and life skills training program designed to facilitate this transition into mainstream employment and, through consistent work, stable housing.
A society that allows its most innocent members to suffer the realities of street life – violence, survival sex, human trafficking, chemical dependency, untreated mental health, and suicide – is not a just or loving society. We exist to bring justice by serving these youth with compassion and patience, supporting them out of homelessness into safe and stable lives. Ending youth homelessness benefits not only the individual but the community. The majority of chronically homeless adults report their first instance of homelessness was before eighteen. It is clear that youth intervention is the key to ending homelessness and building better communities.
Edith’s House Inc.
Edith’s Empowerment Plan is what makes Edith’s House Innovative Step 1: Outreach and Awareness (Need) Spend time in the community and identifies individuals who are in need. Step 2: Plan and Advocacy (Help) Edith’s House establishes a plan, connects individuals to ministry, social services, and provides basic case management by reviewing the plan and making sure the plan continues to be appropriate for the individual. Step 3: Housing (Shelter) Provide a conduit to transitional/permanent housing. Step 4: Support (Rise) Provide Support Group/Relapse Support Step 5: Empowerment (Thrive) Edith Evangelists give back to the community, clients become mentors.
Edith’s House’ is characterized by its attention to individual experiences. The Edith’s House team takes time to understand the specific situation and create a plan to establish a path to self-sufficiency. This is rooted in ministry and the stabilization of housing. Once this basic need is addressed, a comprehensive plan to address employment, connection to required social services, and emotional support for continued success is created in order to set a clear path to self-reliance.