Thank you to everyone who attended Bridge Builders Counseling & Mentoring Banquet!

Services and Volunteer Opportunities

Single Parent Homes

Did you know that children raised in one-parent families are…

  • twice as likely to struggle with emotional disorders and social impairments
  • 3 times more likely to struggle in school or have to repeat a grade
  • 5 times more likely to not only live in poverty but continue the same poverty cycle they grew up in
  • 33 times more likely to be abused to the point of requiring immediate medical attention

Did you know children raised in one-parent homes make-up…

  • 63% of child and adolescent suicides
  • 71% of teenage pregnancies
  • 90% of homeless and/or runaway children
  • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions
  • 85% of youth with behavior disorders
  • 71% of high school dropouts
  • 75% of teens in chemical abuse centers
  • 85% of adolescents sitting in prison

We are here to help prevent and support healthy families in the Blue Water Area.

Counseling and Mentoring

  • Professional Christian Counseling is offered to single parents and their children by our partnering professional counselors.  We believe single parents are raising children alone due to death, separation, divorce, incarceration, or abandonment is todays widow.  For families without insurance, a sliding fee scale-based is used to determine the fee for each session based on income, with most families paying between $10.00 or $20.00 a session.  No one has ever been denied due to inability to pay and Bridge Builders will cover the gap.  Our short-term counseling is designed to offer 20 sessions of counseling. 

  • Mentoring is the cornerstone of our services. It is our firm belief that transformation happens through relationships with each other and are inspired by the teachings of Jesus to disciple. The value and power of ONE life on another is how we are to live.  We carefully screen an adult or teen mentors and host events and groups to work with a child who does not have a father or mother figure actively involved in his/her life. Special events, groups and our unique mentoring room are designed  to provide opportunities for Mentors and Mentees to develop the mentoring relationships.  

  • We believe families deserve a fighting chance so instead of throwing up our hands, and shrugging our shoulders, convinced the problem is bigger than us, we believe it is our calling and mission to walk alongside single parent families in their journey,  Many struggle with issues which include fear, despair, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, low-self esteem lack of basic parenting and life skills. By working with these hurting families we are able to send the message that Restoration is Possible, Hope is Available, and we are here to help with the struggles of being a single parent.  

For more information on how to become a mentor click link below. To learn more about becoming a mentee please call our office 810-987-8772 or send an e-mail to  

You are never alone

Connections and Resources

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  • Parents Offering Parents Support (POPS) Weekly Support Group  with Child Care & Lunch
    • Every Thursday 11:30am- 1:00pm (except holidays and school closings)
  • Parenting Classes (6week closed group) Verified Certificate upon completion
    • This group is an informative, skill building, support group for single parents who are dealing with the complexities and joys of child-rearing, and who desire to learn to strengthen their parenting skills.  The parenting group will provide opportunities to learn more about child developmental stages, learn effective and age appropriate parenting skills, and learn relaxation and personal stress management skills.
  •  Grief & Loss Support Group 
    • This group is designed for those who are wondering What is Grief? Many have suffered loss through death, incarceration or divorce and are in the grieving process.  The stages of grief will be discussed, and dialogue open to share stories and learn strategies to instill hope to initiate healing and enable to live life to the fullest.
  • Anger Management (coming soon)
    • This group is designed for young people ages 12 to 19, who are struggling with anger related issues and/or who desire to learn the root causes and behaviors that perpetuate the anger cycle.  Participants will learn both the physical and mental responses to anger, and develop effective methods of how to reduce or eliminate anger in their lives, change core beliefs, assumptions, and learn to “change” behaviors.
  • Co-Occurring Disorder Group (coming soon)
    • This group looks at the complexities of persons who struggle with the effects of Substance Use Disorders, (SUD).  In addition, this group will explore how depression, anxiety, and other symptoms of mental health issues are impacted by alcohol and other drugs.  We will discuss how a person’s thought life and thinking patterns are connected to addictive behaviors.