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Sleep Out Saturday
November 2, 2013
Thank you for joining us!
A record number of adults, teens and kids participated in Sleep Out Saturday 2013
On November 2, 2013, nearly 2,000 DuPage County residents spent a 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 as residents slept out in parking lots and parks and backyards. The event raised over $130,000 to 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!
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The next Sleep Out Saturday is scheduled for November 1, 2014. We're looking forward to this fall's event!
You can help . . . Make a donation - $35 provides one night of housing and supportive services.
New this year - 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.
Read our SOS blog for ideas on how you can help families in your community.
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!
Sleep Out Saturday Rally
Each year, Sleep Out Saturday kicks off with a rockin' Rally held at 505 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn. Over 1,000 people gather for music & fun in the Bridge parking lot. The program begins at 7 p.m., 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 Stories
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.
Read Sleep Out Saturday Testimonials