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Celebrate 30 Years of Homes and Hope With Bridge Communities!
Aug 10, 2018
Let’s celebrate three decades of home and hope with Bridge Communities, and honor the retirement of beloved co-founder Mark Milligan! Please join us at the Bridge Communities 30th Birthday Bash on Friday, September 21st. This unique & exciting night at The Planter’s Palette will feature cocktails, a buffet, and a raffle with a unique birthday […]
Pearls of Wisdom from the Bridge Builders
Aug 6, 2018
The Bridge Builders are a dedicated force to be reckoned with. They make things happen: great things. In 2003, Glen Ellyn resident Stephanie Pierce wanted to give back to her community and help local families get back on their feet, so she gathered her friends and neighbors and founded the Bridge Builders, an auxiliary group […]
Volunteer at the 10th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ!
Jul 18, 2018
If your idea of a great day includes smelling the aroma of mouthwatering barbecue, listening to non-stop music and meeting some of the greatest barbecue lovers in Northern Illinois and the Western Suburbs, then we have a job for you! Volunteer at the 10th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ on Saturday, September 8. […]
Bridge Pearls of Wisdom: Steve and Nydia
Jul 11, 2018
Steve and Nydia Paterkiewicz are some of the biggest fans and supporters of Bridge Communities around. And they know Bridge Communities better than most people—because they used to be clients in the program. Nydia and her three daughters came into the safety of a Bridge apartment more than five years ago, after escaping domestic abuse. […]
Save the Date! Sleep Out Saturday is November 3
Jul 2, 2018
What will you be doing the first weekend in November? Participating in Sleep Out Saturday, we hope!  On November 3rd, 2018, Bridge Communities will be hosting the 15th annual Sleep Out Saturday. Join us as we come together as a community to connect homeless families to a better future. Sleep Out Saturday is a way […]
A Chair Affair Naperville: Transforming Art & Transforming Lives
Jun 13, 2018
On June 7, Bridge Communities hosted the fifth annual A Chair Affair Naperville, a celebration of community and philanthropy, all to benefit homeless families in DuPage County!    For the three weeks prior to the event, the chairs were on display at retail locations in Downtown Naperville, where the community visited, viewed and voted for these fun, whimsical, funky and […]
Pearls of Wisdom: Dan Johnson
May 30, 2018
  Dan Johnson remembers talking to an excited Mark Milligan in 1994, because he had secured the rights to the Bridge Communities name for the organization he had started. “Since that time, Mark had been very persuasive in trying to get my wife Jeanine and I involved as program partners at First United Methodist Church,” […]
“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 […]