Bridging the Gap

Imagine What's Possible Award

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a mission and outreach project of Zion Church funded by a Strengthen Rural Iowa grant. It is run by Zion volunteers and members from the Burlington community. BTG seeks to meet the many needs of Burlington's lowest income citizens. BTG has recently started a clothing store called "The Closet." Clothes of all sizes are available at no cost. By collaborating with various social service groups and by becoming an ICAP site, Zion has effectively begun meeting its goal of "justice for all."

Learn more about Bridging the Gap by reading the story about it that appeared in the Nov. 12, 2010, issue of The Hawk Eye.

Inquiries about the program, or requests for assistance, may be sent to bridgingthegap@zionuccburlington.org.


Imagine What's Possible Award

Bridging the Gap recently was recognized by the UCC, and will be presented an award during General Synod in July, 2011. Read about the award here.

Below, Bridging the Gap coordinator Deb Ruble and Pastor Jane Willan display the Imagine What's Possible award banner received at General Synod 2011 in Tampa, FL, one of six presented to churches from across the UCC.




For more information:


Center for Faith-Based Community Initiatives

Iowa Department of Human Services

HUD - Rental Help

South East Iowa Community Action

Low Rent Housing Authority

Stand Down For Homeless Veteran

Peds. Associates


Child Care Assistance

WIC ( Women, Infants and Children)

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
YWCA Women’s Resource Center

Iowa Workforce Development Center

Temp Associates



Young House

Woodlands Treatment Center

GRMC - Riverview Center

Burlington Urban Services

Angel Food Ministries

Iowa Care

EBT cards ( Electronic Benefit Transfer )
The School Breakfast Program
The National School Lunch Program

Southern Iowa Rural Benefits iPortal

 Hospice of Central Iowa