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According to the DuPage Homeless Continuum of Care, more than 70,000 DuPage County residents are living in poverty and just one paycheck away from homelessness.  More than 24,000 of them are children.

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Sleep Out Saturday Makes the World a Better Place

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 2 of this year, over 50 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.

"We expect over 2,000 people to participate in this year’s Sleep Out Saturday," shares Event Manager Jennie Gates.  "I believe that this year's theme, to "Make the World a Better Place" will really inspire people to reach higher in their goal-setting, to get more creative in their fundraising, and to become more vocal in helping us spread the word about the homeless family crisis in our community."  "Each year, I'm more inspired by what we experience."

Sleep Out Saturday 2013 takes place November 2.  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 Amy Van Polen at (630) 545-0610 ext. 12 or