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Sleep Out Saturday: #HomelessNoMore

Last year, over 2,000 community members helped homeless families in DuPage County cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency through Sleep Out Saturday, Bridge Communities’ largest fundraising and awareness-building event. 

On November 3, 2018, local youth, church and community groups, slept out again in parks and parking lots throughout DuPage County. In addition, dozens of families participated, sleeping in backyards and driveways.

Funds raised through Sleep Out Saturday will directly benefit Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program, which provides homeless families in DuPage County with shelter, case management, employment search and assistance, education and tutoring, counseling, and car donations.  Since 1988, Bridge has helped over 850 families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency, financial stability and permanent housing.

In addition to fundraising, Sleep Out Saturday serves to raise awareness about the invisible homeless – homeless families – and the lack of affordable housing in DuPage County.  Bridge Communities not only provides the Transitional Housing Program but also serves as a tireless advocate for homeless families and for affordable housing options.

 Please help us make #HomelessNoMore a reality by providing DuPage homeless families affordable housing, access basic needs, mentoring support and so much more.  To learn more about ways to help Bridge Communities in its mission to help homeless families cross the bridge to self-sufficiency, contact Pamela Paulsen at pamela.paulsen@bridgecommunities.org

"As a mentor, I feel that I have received more than I have given...the goal of a mentor might be to help families find resources to further their education, get out of debt, and plan for the future, but one soon realizes that it is the social and emotional support that is most essential.  Being a mentor has taught me patience, compassion, and perseverance.  It has changed my definition of success and increased my gratitude toward family, friends and God."