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Megan, Tony & Lukas: “What I see in Megan is the determination to keep on keeping on."

In what could only be described as an extreme act of kindness, 12 Naperville area businesses came together to completely make over the apartment inhabited by Bridge Communities graduate Megan DeAngelis and her two sons.  Megan and her boys were previously homeless, successfully completed Bridge’s Transitional Housing Program and are now renting an apartment through Bridge Communities’ Pathways Program, which offers affordable housing at a below-fair-market price.

The makeover, coordinated by Vicky Joseph, Bridge Communities’ Naperville Outreach Coordinator, brought together 12 incredibly generous business leaders interested in giving back in their own community, which has been so supportive of them.  The team includes:  Those generous contributors are: Ken Limong, Applied Construction Concepts; Dave Martin, Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs; Debra and Doug Lellbach, Lellbach Builders; Bob Jung, Bob Jung Painting and Decorating; Jeannie Triezenberg, Hire Order; Troy Marcum, Sherwin-Williams; Art Balducci, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Naperville; Chris Cash, Paul and Mary Ann Junkroski, Roseland Draperies and Interiors; Mark Brown, M Brown and Associates; Tony DiSandro, HomeGoods; Matt Stout, SikichNeil Gates, Photographer; Cara Phillips, Studio 41; Patrick McCliney, Pro Source; and Chuck Cozette and Lauren Dixon, West Suburban Living Magazine.

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.

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