Richard Bahr is a life-long resident of Minnesota having grown up in the Twin Cities area. He is president and CEO of MGS Machine Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacture of automated packaging machinery, primarily for pharmaceutical and medical device firms, since 1996.
Due to his own life experiences coupled with a passion for service, Bahr has been involved with organizations that provide a “second chance” to those in need. He operates a ministry with his wife, Carla, called Threshold to New Life (www.threshold2newlife.org). The ministry’s mission is to provide both short-term relief to the homeless, as well as long term help to keep them in the housing they have.
Bahr has personally delivered over 20,000 pairs of socks to his “friends” in the street as a means of meeting the homeless, learning names and establishing relationships. His ministry works with housing agencies as their “backstop” to aid in keeping people in the housing they have, effectively reducing homelessness.
Bahr co-founded The Food Drive Challenge (now rebranded as www.corporationsfeeding america.org) which provides tools, tips and techniques for business to conduct staff-drive food drives to support their local communities. He serves at and coordinates the volunteers for 2.4 Ministries which provides a daily breakfast and fellowship in Minneapolis homeless shelters.
In addition, he is a founding member of and served as President of the Hennepin Technical College Foundation for 16 years, he serves as a mentor to chemically dependent men, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and established the Bahr Family Endowment with Hennepin Technical College.
Richard Bahr is also a published author. Proceeds from his recent book, Amazed: Why the Humanity of Jesus Matters, will go towards funding his ministry.
Learn more about Threshold to New Life and Richard Bahr online at www.richardbahr.com.