Sleep Out Saturday: This Is The Day
Last year, over $130,000 was raised to help homeless families in DuPage County cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency through Sleep Out Saturday, Bridge Communities’ largest fundraising and awareness-building event.
On November 7, 2015, 2,000 community members, including local youth, church and community groups, will sleep out again in parks and parking lots throughout DuPage County. In addition, dozens of families will participate, sleeping in backyards and driveways.
Funds raised through Sleep Out Saturday will directly benefit Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program, which provides homeless families in DuPage County with shelter, case management, employment search and assistance, education and tutoring, counseling, and car donations. Since 1988, Bridge has helped over 600 families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency, financial stability and permanent housing.
In addition to fundraising, Sleep Out Saturday serves to raise awareness about the invisible homeless – homeless families – and the lack of affordable housing in DuPage County. Bridge Communities not only provides the Transitional Housing Program but also serves as a tireless advocate for homeless families and for affordable housing options.
Sleep Out Saturday 2015 takes place November 7, and registration is now open. Please help us make the world a better place by providing DuPage homeless families affordable housing, access basic needs, mentoring support and so much more. To learn more about ways to help Bridge Communities in its mission to help homeless families cross the bridge to self-sufficiency, contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610 ext. 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A One Night survey conducted on January 26, 2013 indicated that 636 persons in DuPage County were homeless that night. This includes 120 family units.