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Sleep Out Saturday
IMAGINE What You Can Do!
November 2, 2013
Together we will give Chicagoland a wake-up call about homeless families in our community!
On November 2nd, 2013, DuPage County residents will give a "wake-up" call to all Chicago area residents to ask for help for homeless families in our community.
Almost 2,000 teens, children and adults spend the cold night outside in tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homelessness and money for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program.
The all-night event will be held in 25+ DuPage County communities as residents sleep out in parking lots and parks and backyards. Last year's event raised more than $130,000 for families in Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program.
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! Email 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