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Georgette: “When you’ve been down so long, your mind is used to being down.”

Georgette was a parent from the word ‘go’, having run away from home at 13 after her mother passed away and taking legal guardianship of her younger siblings at only 16.  She dropped out of school and worked two jobs to support herself and her siblings.  At 21, Georgette had a daughter of her own, followed by a son five years later.

Georgette worked hard to support her children, and eventually they got a home of their own.  Only a few months later, the house caught fire, and Georgette, her eight year old daughter and three year old son were forced into homelessness.

Sue: "I felt like I was juggling chaos.”

"I felt like I was juggling chaos,” says Sue of her life before entering the Bridge Communities transitional housing program.  “My kids and I spent years moving from place to place with my abusive husband before we landed in the domestic violence shelter and then in my parents’ basement.  Then it became too difficult to stay there and I didn't know where we would go.”

Two years ago, Sue was taking some general education classes at College of DuPage (COD) with plans to apply to the nursing program there.  In between classes, she drove a school bus and struggled alone parenting her two pre-teens, Kayla and Vince.  In addition, she volunteered for “Journey Home,” a Christian ministry serving domestic violence victims. Another counselor there told her about the Bridge program.

Megan: "I vowed to do what was required to turn my life around. I knew I was meant to do more with my life.”

In May 2005, Megan’s husband left her and her two sons with a mortgage, bills and nowhere to turn. She knew she was going to lose everything, and had no idea how to navigate through the mess.  It was then that Megan realized the decision she had made to not finish her education years earlier would come back to haunt her.  She felt she had no way to avoid the path she and her two sons were about to travel.  Megan knew she had no choice but to reach out to others; it was the hardest to confide in her family about what she felt was a humiliating and degrading situation.  Megan shares, “When I realized that I was going to lose all my material possessions and that I didn’t have the resources to take care of myself and my sons, I was embarrassed and devastated.  I vowed to do what was required to turn my life around.  I knew I was meant to do more with my life.” 

Megan soon accepted that she needed the assistance of mainstream government programs to sustain any kind of normalcy for her two young boys.  She made phone calls to the DuPage County Human Services Office and was referred to Bridge Communities.   Two months and two Program Partner interviews later, Megan and her boys were welcomed with open arms by one of Bridge Communities’ Program Partners, Families Helping Families (FHF).

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