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Reaching Her Ultimate Goals

Before coming to Bridge Communities, Shavon Coleman had been in and out of abusive relationships her entire life. She had suffered abuse as a child, and then as a result, had difficulty with self-esteem as an adult.

The final straw with her son’s father came when her baby was just an infant. “When my son was 6 weeks old, I went back to work. I came home and my son’s father had cut every cord on every electronic,” Shavon explained. “He literally destroyed the whole house, and it was not even livable anymore.  So I picked up my kids and went and lived with a friend for a small period of time, and then I did get an apartment, but it was in a really bad neighborhood. It got to a point that we wouldn’t even sleep in the bedroom because we were afraid of bullets coming through the windows. We lived in a shelter for a while after that.”

While the shelter offered her safety and a roof over her head, Shavon knew she had to find a better home for her and her kids. She learned about Bridge Communities through an online search and was soon accepted into the Transitional Housing program.

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Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives 

Friday, April 25, 2014
11 AM Registration
11:30 AM-1:30 PM Lunch & Program
Danada House
3S501 Naperville Rd, Wheaton

Please join us at our annual spring luncheon as we recognize two outstanding women - Palma Aikins, Community Advocate and Humanitarian who is passionate about helping those in need, and Isabel Alicea, Bridge Communities Graduate who has transformed her life through the Bridge program. 

Tickets are $50 per person and are available now.

Sponsorships for Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives are also available.

To learn more or to register, please visit the Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives registration page.


Little Book of Heroes: Bridge's 2013 Year in Review

Bridge Communities releases its 2013 Annual Report

Nothing significant was ever accomplished at Bridge Communities without heroic actions. A month does not go by without us celebrating the heroics of a mentor, a client, a staff member, a tutor, a donor, or a long-time friend. In this report, we are pleased to bring you the stories of special Bridge heroes, in their own words. 

Click here to read the stories of these heroes, and learn more about how those affiliated with Bridge Communities brought homes and hope to 109 families in 2013. 

You can become a Bridge Hero, too! If you'd like to learn how to get more involved with Bridge, click here.

Bridge Communities Needs Auto Donations

Donate your used car and provide safe, reliable transportation for a Bridge family

If you're looking for a new home for your used automobile, Bridge Communities offers the perfect solution! All donations are tax deductible, and cars donated to Bridge are thoroughly inspected and repaired by a local auto repair shop, and then given to Bridge families who need transportation to get to work and school. 

Anyone interested in donating a car to Bridge Communities may contact Bridge Communities' Program Director Karen Stewart at (630) 545-0610, ext. 17 or karen.stewart@bridgecommunities.org.

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.