On May 17, 2020, Elim's historic Covered Bridge collapsed into the floodwaters of Tinley Creek, which crosses the middle of Elim’s main campus in Crestwood, Illinois.  The Elim community was heartbroken at the loss of the bridge - not just because it was such an icon, but because it served so many important purposesElim's students, adults, and staff benefitted from that bridge.


The bridge served numerous functional purposes. It served as a respite and sensory spot for students, gave them access to Elim's greenhouse and nature walk area, and supported their educational and therapeutic activites.  The bridge allowed staff to easily access both sides of campus for program, administrative, and maintenance purposes.  The bridge allowed adult participants to enjoy Elim's beautiful campus from end to end.  And the bridge supported Elim's special events, including the annual 5K and Dutch Festival.

We need to bring back the bridge, and we need your help to do it.


Elim cannot function efficiently, nor provide certain aspects of its programming, without the bridge.  The cost to "bring back the bridge" is significant, but the cost of not rebuilding a bridge is even greater.  In short, it is essential that we rebuild the bridge as quickly as we can. Please click here to donate now. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: Because many friends of Elim support Elim's ministry because of their parents or other loved ones, we are encouraging and welcoming gifts made in memory/honor of those loved ones (particularly students, staff, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, church members, and neighbors) for whom Elim holds a special place in their heart.  Gifts of $5,000 or more are eligible to be recognized on small plaques and/or etchings within the finished bridge.  Gifts of $4,999 or less will be recognized in print and on our bridge website.


Every gift is needed and celebrated.  Thank you for supporting the life-changing work of Elim in this way!

Elim’s ministry means a lot to many, many people. That’s why we have been blessed with many donations in honor or in memory of loved ones who cared greatly about what Elim does and what it stands for. Those donors are listed below alongside the dedication they made along with their gift. Please consider making a donation in honor or in memory of someone that loved Elim’s ministry, or who was blessed by its work.

Name:  In honor/memory of: 
Butch and Barb Bruinius Dorothy Bruinus - Sidney Kamp
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hoekstra Jennie Aardsma 
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Klomplen Jerry and John Steenwyk (who built the first covered bridge) 
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Visser Tina Visser 
Mr. & Mrs. Nick De Vries Nikki De Vries 
Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Koldenhoven

George Koldenhoven 

Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Bussema Florence Bussema
Mr. & Mrs. William J.Ooms, Jr.  William Hollar
Mr. & Mrs. John Galvin Robert Quinn
Mr. & Mrs.  Henry Huizenga Marsga Huizenga
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Barczak The School
Mr. & Mrs. Garrett B. Zandstra Jay Zandstra
William and Laura Louis Christina Farquhar 
Mr. Arvin Gossman Marilyn Gossman
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liske Lori Liske
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Miltzow Laura Jane Haitsma
Erik Nelson Everyone involved at Elim
Susan Mooi Lucy Toering
Mr. James Achterhof & Arlene Bandstra Ellyn Lubbers
Grace Van Der Kaaan Jerry Van Der Laan
Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Ulrich Annette Marie Ulrich
Jim and Brigitte Bailey Maggie Bailey
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Gard Corneila Kikkert
Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Stark Donald K. Stark
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kursell Connor McKeown
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Systma Charlene Systma
Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Saxsma Gerald "Jim" Van Prooyen
Ms. Jill Dyke Art Ruiter
Mr. & Mrs. Earl Bouwman Mary Abb Bouwman
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Steenwyk John and Jerry Steenwyk
Stephen & Joanne Casper John and Anne Steenwyk
Mr. & Mrs. David Terpstra John Kamp
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kuipers John & Bernice Kuipers
Gail Graf Joseph Farrell & Michael Farrell
Bob and Libda McKeown Connor McKeown
Ms. Lorene Recker-Woodnorth Gwen Recker
Mr. Donald C. Van Schooneveld Edward Van Schooneveld
Mr. Mark Van Zuidam Mrs. Harriet Peters
Mr. Dan Bilthouse Beverly Folkerts
Ken & Julie Glotz  Martin & Kathleen Bulthuis
Mr. & Mrs. Henry J. Loerop Maurice & Eleanor Clausing
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Grossheider Bob Erickson
Mr. & Mrs. Warren J. Haan Rev. Gerry Erffmeyer's grandchildren at Elim
Mr. Charles Jenson Covid Deaths
Mr. & Mrs. Craig Zandstra Beth Zandstra
Doris Ham Cathy Ham
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Schnick Faith Church
Matthew Dalton Bethsan Association
Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Pignotti Janet Grubio
Ms. Catherine Seper Chuckie Seper
Mr. & Mrs. James Skvarla Dave Vandervelde
Michael & Sharon McKeown Connor McKeown
Mr. & Mrs. Al Koehne Brooke Mate
Ms.Peggy Vlietstra Adam Douma
Peggy Alcala Brian Matthes
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Zevenbergen Richard & Kelly Kooyenga Family
Kevin Wesselhoff Tyler Sotzen
Marny Cramer Kiley Lombardo
Ms. Mary F. Busch Vickie Busch
Bill and Nancy Guth  Grace Wesseling
Mr. & Mrs. Micah Hall  Laura Walsh 
Joanne Hellinga Morgan Schnyders
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Wood Ida and Friendship Class at OPCRC
Mr. & Mrs. David S. Kuipers Martin Kuipers Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. John Tiemersma John Michael Tiemersma
Melissa Keska Margie Janners
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Pedziwiatr  Kari Miller
George and Barbara Zandstra Beth Zandstra
Sandy Romo Lorenzo "Zo Zo" Escarpita
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Biondi Andrew Biondi
Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Cullen  Those who work so hard at Elim
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Clause  Danny Marszewski
Ms. Marianne Storch David Vander Velde
Jeanine Krol Bobby Wall
Arline Powers Herman & Dorothy Ohlman  
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kuiken Violet Korte
John Riesbeck Susan Riesbeck
Robert Olson Robert Olson
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Vance Alyce Zohfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Aubrey Hubbard Jr. Sharon Duncan
Bernard Heemstra  All Residents 


Elim Bridge Builders

  • Myles Weber 7 hours ago $52.50
  • Mary McIlvain 18 hours ago $26.25
  • Tim & Jan Slager 21 hours ago
  • Bernice Hillegonds Dykstra 21 hours ago
  • Thomas & Jacqueline Murawski 21 hours ago
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  • Anonymous December 2020 $2,000.00
  • Glenn Horton 4 weeks ago $1,050.00
  • William Lodewyk 4 weeks ago $525.00
  • Anonymous November 2020 $500.00
  • Anonymous Last month $420.00
  • View More Top Donors

In addition to the donations we show below, we have received other commitments from faithful donors, bringing us to 91% of the goal!





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