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On November 4th more than 1,500 teens, children and adults will spend the night sleeping outside in tents, boxes, or cars to raise awareness about family homelessness and funds for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program.

With your help, Bridge Communities will house more than 120 families and provide 91,000 nights of housing and supportive services to homeless families in DuPage County. Please give to demonstrate your commitment to helping homeless families build a bridge to a brighter future!

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A personal message from Lisa Doyle

As Bridge Communities’ Marketing & Communications Manager, a big part of my job is meeting with and interviewing Bridge families about their stories of homelessness.

I listen. I learn. And they tell me things that are hard to hear, and much, much harder to experience:

"When I came to Bridge, we had just our coats and a couple of garbage bags full of clothes. That was it."

"My babies slept in my mom's apartment at night, and I would sleep in my car or stay at a shelter."

"We were staying on the couches of friends and family that would help us. And when my son was with his dad, I would sleep in my car so that I wouldn't be a burden."

Every single family makes an impact on me.

That’s because every Bridge family is unique. They all fell into homelessness for a different reason. They all faced different struggles and different challenges to overcome.

But there’s one thing that’s the same about all of them: they are all hardworking, deserving, and determined to build a better future, and to never become homeless again.

Will you help a family recover from homelessness by making a pledge to Sleep Out Saturday?

As I participate in Sleep Out Saturday this November 4th for the fourth time, I’ll undoubtedly be cold—but I’ll be kept warm thinking about the 800 families that have graduated from the Bridge program over the years. And I’ll also be thinking about the 100+ families currently in the safety of a Bridge apartment.

These are all families that, thanks to support of friends like you, receive:

-Two years of safe housing in an apartment in DuPage County

-Employment coaching

-Financial coaching and budgeting help

-Weekly mentoring

-Educational assessment and help getting into college and vocational programs

-Tutoring

-Counseling

-Children’s programs and activities scholarships

-Nutritional counseling

-Case management

-And so much more!

Just $35 is enough to house a Bridge family for one night and provide them with access to all the above programs. Please help me meet my Sleep Out Saturday fundraising goal of $1000 to house a homeless family for one month!

Because, when I interview Bridge families, I’m lucky enough to hear the conclusion of their stories, too:

"Bridge Communities was a life saver and a game changer for me."

“I’m passing on everything I’m learning to my kids, because I want them to make better life decisions than I did.”

"Being in Bridge gave me my life back, and allowed me to be the kind of mom my kid deserves."

Please make a pledge to Sleep Out Saturday, and help a Bridge family as they work toward a better future.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Lisa Doyle

Lisa Doyle

My online fundraising progress

(92%) $915 To date $1,000 Goal

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Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Anonymous October 27, 2017

    “Happy to support Bridge and you, Lisa!”

  2. Kurt and Kellyann Hickey October 27, 2017

    “Good Luck! Hope it is warm!”

  3. Bernadette and David Kissel October 19, 2017

    “Happy we can help.”

  4. Sandhya October 13, 2017

    “Great cause. Can we join as well if we want?”

  5. Kristen Osterhaus October 12, 2017

    “Great cause Lisa! Way to go.”

  6. Dawn Forden October 12, 2017

    “Way to give back, Lisa!!”

  7. Cathy & Vince October 11, 2017

    “Thank you for all you do at Bridge to help provide important help to those in need in our communities. We pray this event will raise more money than you even imagined it could!!!”

  8. Debbie Chun October 11, 2017

    “Lisa - thanks for doing such important work to make a difference in our community! ??”

  9. Eric Friedemann October 10, 2017

    “Go Lisa!”

  10. Anonymous October 9, 2017

    “You are so wonderful for being a champion of this cause...and for the fourth year in a row! Big hugs to you!”

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