Client success story
From Despair to Determination
Most families that participate in Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program take about two years to make their way from homelessness to self-sufficiency. But not Yvonne Hernandez. With help from her Bridge mentors, Yvonne used the tools and skills she discovered she already had and established a wonderful new life for herself and her three children in just over 15 months!
Yvonne Hernandez entered Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program April 1st, 2010. The divorced mother of three young children – Alan, Anais, and Andre – had been living with her ex-husband’s parents for a year prior and didn’t realize that she and her kids fit the definition of “homeless.”
“I did not think I was homeless because [my ex in-laws] have always made me feel that their home was also my home and my children's home since I had lived there with my ex before our divorce,” Yvonne explained. “It was a tough thing to swallow when I entered the Bridge program and realized that since I could not provide a "roof" over my children’s heads, we were considered homeless…it was very hard to accept.”
Read Yvonne's success story
Transforming the lives of homeless families
Bridge Communities is a dynamic, grassroots, non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in our community. Our program of housing, mentoring and empowering families focuses on moving them towards a goal of self-sufficiency.
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news and announcements
Sleep Out Saturday - November 2nd, 2013
IMAGINE What you Can Do!
You can give Chicagoland a wake-up call about homeless families in our communities!
On November 2nd, 2013, DuPage County residents will spend a cold night outside in tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homeless 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.
You can help.... Make a Donation - $35 provides one night of housing and employment/educational services.
You can become a Sleeper... Create Your Group - Register online and ask your group members to raise money and awareness.
Become a Tutor for a Homeless Child
Did you know that homeless students change schools, on average, 3 times per year?
With each school 6 months of academic progress may be lost.
Are you a certified teacher?
You can make a world of difference in the life of a homeless child or adult by volunteering 2 hours per week. Tutors provide each student with the academic support and guidance they need to succeed.
Become a Tutor!
Meet Bridge Families on YouTube
Check out Bridge Communities' YouTube channel and meet homeless families who have benefited from Bridge's Transitional Housing Program and moved from homelessness to permanent housing and long-term self-sufficiency. Visit YouTube and meet: Justyn and Jordyn, Ann Marie, Yvonne and Henry, and others. Learn How Bridge Communities Helps Homeless Families.