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--First United Methodist Church of West Chicago
This November 5, 2016, join nearly 2,000 DuPage County residents as we spend a very frosty night inside tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homelessness and money for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program. The all-night event is held in 25+ DuPage County communities.
Sleep Out Saturday participants of all ages can experience a night without a home to help provide homeless families with a home. You can show your support by sleeping out in parking lots, parks and backyards. All money raised from the event will support families in the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program, funding the housing, employment training, mentoring, case management, plus tutoring and summer camps for kids. We thank YOU for making a difference in their lives! Donate now to Sleep Out Saturday
Click here to view past Sleep Out Saturday videos!
You make the difference. . . Donate a Night of Housing - $35 provides one night of housing and supportive services to a homeless family.
PS - Share your Sleep Out Saturday story with us, we'd love to hear it! E-mail your Sleep Out Saturday stories to Bridge and share with others who want to inspire a world where no child is homeless!
Each year, Sleep Out Saturday kicks off with a rockin' Rally held at 505 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn. Over 1,500 people gather for music & fun in the Bridge Communities parking lot. The program begins at 6 p.m. The 2015 event was emceed by ABC 7's Judy Hsu, with a live concert from performers from School of Rock's Glen Ellyn and Elmhurst locations. Guests participated in the action and meet families who are or were, at one-time, homeless and served by Bridge Communities transitional program. At 8 p.m., sleepers head back to their sleep out sites to experience a night like no other.
Register now to participate in Sleep Out Saturday
Sleep Out Saturday is one of the few non-profit fundraising events that allows participants to actively gain empathy for those struggling with homelessness. The event provides participants a forum to learn what it may feel like to be homeless, even if it is for just one night. Participants share their thoughts about their physical and emotional experience of sleeping outside with little or no shelter. Feelings of vulnerability, fear and compassion are common themes found amongst participants the morning following Sleep Out.
Read Sleep Out Saturday Testimonials
Learn more about homelessness and poverty in DuPage County Illinois by visiting our Sleep Out Saturday newsroom. Readers will learn more about how Sleep Out Saturday is making an impact on the transitional housing services provided by Bridge Communities. You can help homeless families in your community by participating in Sleep Out Saturday.
Visit Sleep Out Saturday's Media Center
View Sleep Out Saturday promotional video
Facts on homelessness in DuPage County
Sleep Out Saturday blog
Connecting homeless families to a better future
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