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Mentor Training

Bridge Communities Initial Mentor Training

As a continuing component of our service to our Program Partners, Bridge Communities schedules mentor training three times per year.  Mentor training is required before assignment to work with a client family. In addition, a background check is conducted on each mentor before he or she can begin mentoring a Bridge family. Classes are held from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on select Saturdays.  Please note, this class has now been newly formatted to a one-day session, replacing the previous two-day class.

Dates: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL

 Please e-mail for more information.

Mentor University

Continuing Education for Bridge Communities’ Mentors

Mentors are critical to the success of our client families, and Bridge aims to provide mentors with all the support and education needed to guide client families to success. Toward that end, Bridge Communities offers Mentor University, a series of workshops designed to build and strengthen key skills used in mentoring.

Recent Class:

Mentor University: Stress Management & Your Client 

Wednesday, October 9
7-9 PM
City of Naperville Municipal Building
Meeting Room B
400 S. Eagle St.
Naperville, IL 60540 map 

Guest speaker, Kate S. Evans, MA, LCPC, will:

·       Help you understand stress issues;

·       Provide practical ways you can support your client;

·       Suggest ways of taking care of yourself while you do the emotional work of mentoring.

Please email Vicky Joseph at with questions. 



Bridge Communities is a program that transforms lives of homeless families.  Surveys completed in 2018 show that, one year after graduating from the Bridge program:

  • 100% of graduates maintained stable housing
  • 86% of graduates maintained stable employment