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On November 1, 2014, nearly 2,000 DuPage County residents spent a very frosty night inside tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homeless and money for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program. The all-night event was held in 25+ DuPage County communities.Sleep Out Saturday participants of all ages experienced a night of homelessness by sleeping out in parking lots, parks and backyards. All money raised from the event will support families in the Bridge program, funding the housing, employment training, mentoring, case management, plus tutoring and summer camps for kids. We thank YOU for making a difference in their lives! Donate to Sleep Out Saturday
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You can help . . . Make a donation - $35 provides one night of housing and supportive services. Business Leaders for Bridge. DuPage area business leaders and young professionals are encouraged to make teams of colleagues, associates and networking groups to sleep out at Naper Settlement. Special promotional opportunities are available for your business. Call Jennie Gates at (630) 545-0610 ext. 19 to learn more.
PS - Got a Sleep Out story you'd like to share? We'd love to hear it! E-mail your Sleep Out Saturday stories to Bridge to share with others who want to IMAGINE a world where no child is homeless!
Each year, Sleep Out Saturday kicks off with a rockin' Rally held at 505 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn. Over 1,500 people gather for music & fun in the Bridge parking lot. The program begins at 7 p.m., emceed by NBC 5's Stefan Holt, with music by Sounds Abound Entertainment and fun with the road crew from 101.9 WTMX The Mix radio station. Guests participate in a team-building games and meet families who are or were, at one-time, homeless. At 8 p.m., sleepers head back to their sleep out sites to experience a night like no other.
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Sleep Out Saturday is one of the few non-profit fundraising events that allows participants to actively gain empathy for those struggling with homelessness. The event provides participants a forum to learn what it may feel like to be homeless, even if it is for just one night. Participants share their thoughts about their physical and emotional experience of sleeping outside with little or no shelter. Feelings of vulnerability, fear and compassion are common themes found amongst participants the morning following Sleep Out.
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Learn more about homelessness and poverty in DuPage County Illinois by visiting our Sleep Out Saturday newsroom. Readers will learn more about how Sleep Out Saturday is making an impact on the transitional housing services provided by Bridge Communities. You can help homeless families in your community by participating in Sleep Out Saturday.
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Facts on homelessness in DuPage County
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