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Recent posts

Thanks for joining us at Sleep Out Saturday!
Nov 5, 2018
It was cold. It was rainy. And it was a meaningful, life-changing experience for hundreds of participants across DuPage County as they joined us for the 15th Annual Sleep Out Saturday! The evening kicked off with a high energy Rock Out for Sleep Out Rally, held for the first time at the rally’s new location […]
A special update on a #GivingTuesday family
Oct 30, 2018
Now that it has been nearly a year, we thought you might like to know about the progress made by a Bridge family rescued from homelessness on #GivingTuesday 2017. Last fall, K came to Bridge Communities desperate and broken-hearted. After leaving a bad relationship, she and her daughter had nowhere to live. A relative let little […]
Pearls of Wisdom from Bridge’s Mark Milligan
Sep 28, 2018
You may know the story of how Bridge Communities came to be in the summer of 1988. But to hear co-founder Mark Milligan tell the story is truly something special. “I was working in a homeless shelter, a place that people could go overnight and sleep, and I kept noticing in this homeless shelter a […]
You gave Cassie’s family a new life!
Sep 18, 2018
Cassie’s a bubbly, outgoing and kind mother-of-two living in the western suburbs. Her laugh is contagious, she lights up at the mention of her daughters Chloe and Cayden, and she’s passionate about her job helping cancer patients.      You’d never know that, just three years ago, she and her girls escaped from a traumatic life of domestic violence, leaving them homeless.   […]
Pearls of Wisdom: The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Committee
Sep 5, 2018
  When a group of Glen Ellyn friends and neighbors joined together in 2009 to launch a block party/barbecue in their neighborhood, they didn’t expect it would soon become the largest amateur barbeque competition in the state of Illinois. They didn’t know that their lives would be forever changed by their involvement with a nonprofit, […]
Join us at A Chair Affair – Hinsdale!
Aug 28, 2018
Join us at A Chair Affair – Hinsdale from 6-9 PM on Friday, October 12!  This fall, A Chair Affair’s cocktail auction & gala will be held once more at the beautifully redesigned Community House in Hinsdale. Click here to buy tickets now! Starting in September, the one-of-a-kind pieces of chair artwork, designed by local artists, will […]
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. […]