BRIDGING: FURNISHING HOPE
What we heard from Sara Sternberger, executive director of Bridging…
Bridging is a nonprofit organization that provides furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. With locations in Bloomington and Roseville, Bridging serves the Twin Cities area and is the largest furniture bank in North America. Since 1987, Bridging has furnished over 60,000 homes—all thanks to community donations.
For families and individuals in need, Bridging provides a sense of stability and, most important, hope.
Abdo, Eick & Meyers has had the privilege of working with Bridging only recently: After Executive Director Sara Sternberger joined Bridging in 2010, she set out to find an accounting firm that could complement their organization.
Abdo, Eick & Meyers proved to be a good fit.
“There were three reasons why I decided to hire Abdo, Eick & Meyers,” recalls Sara. “I could tell they were interested, they had a lot of nonprofit experience, and I liked the firm’s small-town feel.”
Bridging’s unique nonprofit model often results in issues ranging from sales tax to inventory. Sara says she is grateful for the firm’s support in addressing these challenges. “They’re able to help with things as they come up. And they always do what they say they’re going to do.”
“It’s easy to see that Bridging fulfills a very important need within our community,” says Abdo, Eick & Meyers Senior Partner Jack Abdo. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to help them bring hope to thousands more.”
Jack adds that he’s inspired by the organization’s accomplishments. “I’m amazed when I think about how Bridging started with one man and one request,” he says. “Now, 25 years later, they’re this awesome organization that has touched the lives of so many—and one that continues to build upon its mission.”