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Bridge Builders work to transform neighborhoods across Milwaukee

Posted: 1:33 PM, Aug 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-18 14:33:38-04

MILWAUKEE -- Volunteers donated their time to work on local renovation projects with Bridge Builders, Saturday afternoon.

The organization works to transform neighborhoods one block, one project at a time. 

Kurt Owens started Bridge Builders Milwaukee three years ago, and so far 600 missionaries from all over the country have helped with exterior renovation projects in 140 local neighborhoods. 

 "Most of the work we do is exterior because we want to create positive energy in the neighborhood so they can see what’s going on and get involved," said Kurt. 

During their Saturday Serve Days, contractors like David Rehfeld donated his time and materials to help rebuild fences and fix a leaky roof.

He said it's all about showing different neighborhoods and areas love and support.

"There are a lot of things we can do in our own home, but it's great when you can come out and support a community," said David.  
 
Kurt said his vision for the organization is to build community connections through service work and increase cross-cultural understanding. 

"Just bring all these people together has just injected an amazing energy in this neighborhood and really speaks to the diversity that’s happening," said Kurt. 

For Kurt it's not about tackling one project and moving on to another neighborhood, it's about investing in the city blocks.

The organization has purchased hub homes where a long term missionary will stay full time.

That missionary will then work on projects alongside the community. 

"We are just kind of taking it one block at a time for a holistic transformation,"said Kurt. 

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