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Recent posts

“I am so thankful now”: Kristen’s Story
May 10, 2018
  Can you imagine what it would be like to be torn apart from your young child—leaving them night after night because you have no safe place to stay? Kristen knows just how that feels — because that was how her life was, for months on end. Last year, Kristen was homeless and exhausted, out of […]
Pearls of Wisdom: The Bridge Communities Staff
Apr 30, 2018
Bridge Communities is fortunate to have many longtime members of our staff–many of whom started as a mentor, program partner or volunteer. In our newest “Pearls of Wisdom” video, Bridge’s longtime staff members share what the organization means to them. Paul Matthew: “Bridge Communities means an opportunity for families to get a second chance.” Vicky Joseph: “What […]
Pearls of Wisdom: Sue Martin
Mar 30, 2018
Sue Martin fondly remembers the earliest days of Bridge Communities and the humble beginnings. Working in banking, Sue volunteered to become the first Treasurer for Bridge, eventually becoming a mentor and helping to nurture the organization during its early years. When asked, “What inspires you most about Bridge?” Sue replied, “That two people – two […]
Meet the Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives honorees!
Mar 22, 2018
We invite the community to join Bridge Communities on Friday, April 27 for our 8th Annual Spring Luncheon, “Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives.” Hosted at the beautiful Danada House in Wheaton, we will honor women and philanthropy in DuPage County. We hope you join us for this inspiring celebration. In addition to meeting our outstanding honorees, […]
Welcome Home: The Bridge Communities 2017 Annual Report
Mar 8, 2018
Thirty years ago this coming October, the founders of Bridge rented one apartment to house a homeless family. Today, Bridge owns and operates 150 apartments in 23 buildings across DuPage County. And by our anniversary this October, you’ll have helped us connect well over 800 families from homelessness to hope. To be sure, we couldn’t do […]
Pearls of Wisdom: Steffi Reyes-Thomas
Feb 28, 2018
More than 10 years ago, Steffi entered Bridge Communities as a teenager with her mom and younger brother, after becoming homeless. At the time, their family was recovering from the deportation of her father as well as the death of her grandmother. “At a young age, I was jaded,” Steffi remembers. “Well before I had any […]
Pearls of Wisdom from the Supporters of Bridge Communities: Jack Flowers
Feb 2, 2018
2018 marks Bridge Communities’ 30th anniversary year, and we have lots in store to share with you this year. Alongside our special events and celebrations, we will also share “Pearls of Wisdom” stories each month, which will feature a different longtime friend, supporter, volunteer or graduate from Bridge Communities. We are honored that our first […]
Meet a Family You Brought in From the Cold on #GivingTuesday
Jan 12, 2018
Because of  100+ generous donors on #GivingTuesday, two families were brought in from the cold this winter and into Bridge Communities. These families were warm and safe in a Bridge apartment before the recent cold snap. Thank you for keeping them safe! And now, we’d like to introduce you to one of these families: K […]
Double Your Impact on #GivingTuesday
Oct 31, 2017
On November 28, we ask you to become a hero to the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.       A generous foundation donor has agreed to match your #GivingTuesday donation, dollar for dollar! Thanks to this generous match, your $35 gift will be enough to give not one family, but two families a night of housing in a warm, safe apartment.   […]
Take a Seat! The Chair Affair Artwork has Arrived in Hinsdale
Sep 14, 2017
Three cheers, the chairs are here! As of Monday, September 11, the 20 pieces of artwork to be featured in A Chair Affair – Hinsdale have been installed at retail and community locations throughout Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Clarendon Hills and Burr Ridge. Until October 5, you can visit and view the chairs in person, and […]