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Lisette

"There is nothing I am more thankful for than you."

“Before I entered Bridge, I was staying with my grandma in her one-bedroom apartment. My son, Xavier and I were sleeping in her living room because even though I was working, getting our own apartment was out of our price range. But when I got accepted into Bridge, I felt so blessed and excited that this was a new beginning, a chance to get back on our feet.

“My mentors, Mike and Faith, have been adamant about me learning to save, and it’s all been for the best. In the beginning it was a little hard, but now I realize how much of a help they’ve been.  We meet weekly, and they are always there to make sure Xavier and I will have a bright future.

“I also jumped right into Bridge’s programs—I took the nutrition classes and Reality Kitchen, where I learned to prepare healthy meals. Xavier’s taken an art class through Bridge, and we’ve gone to events at the LRCs, like game nights and open hours. It’s nice to go out and interact with the other clients in our same situation, because you know that you’re not alone.

“And, I attended the job readiness class at Bridge, which helped me earn a promotion at my employer, and now I am a supervisor. I’m in the process of looking for my own apartment now, and I’m optimistic about my future. I know we’re going to have a stable life and I’m going to make sure I’m supporting Xavier the way I should be.

“There is nothing I am more thankful for than you, because you are impacting the lives of all of us in Bridge. You are creating the future for us and making sure we are stable on our exit out, and we are truly grateful that you’re giving us all we need to achieve this.”

-Lisette

Client update

Lisette has now graduated from Bridge Communities and moved into a new home!

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The Illinois Basic Economic Security Tables show that, for a family of 3 (adult, preschooler, school-age child) at least $72,420 is the needed annual salary in order to be economically secure in Illinois.