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
Spring Mentor Training: Saturdays, February 22 and March 8
Mark your calendars and register online for Mentor Training
Bridge Communities has set the dates for Mentor Training Spring 2014. This is the 2-day initial training for new mentors, or for those who have not attended initial mentor training in the past. You'll have an opportunity to learn how Bridge, our program partners and mentors collaborate with our client families and work together toward a future of self-sufficiency.
To learn more about our training program, click here.
To register for the Spring Mentor Training session, click here.
Bridge Communities Need 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Women...Transforming Lives
Friday, April 25, 2014
11 AM Registration
11:30 AM-1:30 PM Lunch & Program
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.
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.