The Bridge to Hope is a non-profit organization committed to ending domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. Our purpose is to empower those who have been effected by violence, provide options, and offer support so that individuals can start a life that is free from abuse.We are available through text or call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are never alone, and we are here for you when you are ready.
The Bridge to Hope provides support and healing to survivors and families while engaging with the community to recognize and prevent abuse.
Is to provide a bridge to hope that creates a safe, more just, and compassionate society.
In 1980, the state of Wisconsin gave the WestCAP Agency in Glenwood City funds to assist victims of domestic violence in eight Wisconsin counties. In 1982, West Central Domestic Abuse broke away from WestCAP and became an entity of its own, receiving non-profit funding from the federal and state government. West Central’s first office was located in the back of a local implement dealer in Menomonie. West Central provided services to 37 women the first year of operation.
In 1986, West Central added the Children’s Program and began providing services to children who had experienced and/or witnessed physical, sexual, emotional or domestic abuse. The Crime Victim Witness Program was also added to the services provided by West Central. In 1990, West Central joined with the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office to provide services to all victims of crime.
The Board of Directors of West Central Domestic Abuse Agency changed the organization’s name to The Bridge to Hope, Inc., effective January 1, 1996. Services are now provided in Dunn and Pepin Counties.
In 1982 a group of concerned citizens realized the impact that domestic abuse was having on the families in the community and wanted to offer some kind of services and help. Our first office was in the back of an implement dealer’s shop. Legal assistance was the first services offered to victims and volunteers often housed escaping families in their own homes. Over the years the agency grew and the name was changed to The Bridge to Hope. In 1998, we moved into our old location off of South Broadway. The top floor was turned into an emergency shelter and services were expanded to include advocacy and help for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking as well as domestic abuse. In 2017 we purchased our current location off on 4th Ave, which expanded our emergency shelter to house more victims along with allowing each advocate to have their own offices for better privacy, a bigger food pantry, and a larger meeting area for our support groups.