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  • Our heroes: Tressa, Judi and the Go Girlz - Apr 10, 2014
    At Bridge Communities, we are lucky to have amazing volunteers that work not only with the parents in Bridge, but with their children as well. The Go Girlz program, geared toward helping teen and pre-teen girls, was started by volunteers Tressa Kett and Judi Anderson in July 2012. The group meets every other Wednesday night […]
  • Celebrate Women, Transform Lives With Bridge Communities - Apr 4, 2014
    On Friday, April 25, two outstanding DuPage County women will be recognized at Bridge Communities’ Celebrating Women…Transforming Lives celebratory luncheon, held at Danada House in Wheaton. Join us as community advocate and humanitarian Palma Aikins of Naperville will be presented with the Transforming Lives Award for her activism on behalf of women in need, and […]
  • Little Book of Heroes: Bridge’s 2013 Year in Review - Mar 27, 2014
    Nothing significant was ever accomplished at Bridge Communities without heroic actions. A month does not go by without us celebrating the heroics of a mentor, a client, a staff member, a tutor, a donor, or a long-time friend. In this report, we are pleased to bring you the stories of special Bridge heroes, in their […]
  • Cars for Clients - Mar 13, 2014
    Imagine what your life would be like without a reliable car.   Daily activities we take for granted–getting to work, dropping the kids off at school, running errands or making it to a doctor’s appointment–could be incredibly difficult. This is the reality that many Bridge Communities families face every day. However, donating your used car to Bridge’s auto donation program […]
  • Bridge family field trip to Chicago - Mar 4, 2014
    At the end of February, Bridge families headed to downtown Chicago for a field trip. The first stop of the day was the Adler Planetarium, where families enjoyed the interactive exhibits, learned about our solar system and explored history. Next, the group traveled south to the ETA Theatre to see “The Sounds of Blackness,” a […]
  • All Smiles after Dental Day for Bridge Families - Feb 17, 2014
    Oak Brook dentist, Dr. Chris Metcalf and his wife, patient coordinator Melissa, wanted to help those in the community, especially since February is the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. They learned about Bridge Communities through a friend who volunteers as a Bridge mentor and organizer for Sleep Out Saturday, and knew there could be […]
  • Illustrator Teams Up with Bridge Kids for Mural - Feb 11, 2014
    Art, kids and philanthropy came together for the perfect mixture on Saturday, February 8, when renowned illustrator Geoff Bevington collaborated with the children of Bridge Communities to create a mural for their Glendale Heights Learning Resource Center (LRC). Bevington, who co-authored the beloved children’s story, “Steve the Dog & The Winged Tiger,” with artist and […]
  • New Year, New Jobs for Bridge Clients! - Jan 16, 2014
    One of the key components of Bridge Communities’ programs is employment counseling. Job readiness training, resume writing, and mock interviewing are only some of the services we offer to help our families on their path to self-sufficiency. Through our employment services, we help over 60 clients per year, and we’re proud to share some of […]
  • Celebrating the season with Bridge families - Dec 20, 2013
    On December 12, Bridge hosted its sixth annual Christmas party for our client families at the DuPage Children’s Museum! More than 100 parents and kids enjoyed dinner, all the museum’s interactive exhibits and play spaces, and even a visit from Santa. Our Bridge Builders group also hosted a Santa’s Closet, so the kids could choose […]
  • Bridge Talks to Hometown Voices - Dec 13, 2013
    As part of the Allstate Hometown Voices Tour on WGN Radio’s Steve Cochran Show, Bridge Communities was featured at this morning’s event, held at Ivy Restaurant in Wheaton! At the event, Bridge’s own Amy Van Polen spoke on air about the challenges our clients have faced that brought them to the point of homelessness, and how […]