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On November 7th more than 1,000 children, teens and adults will spend the night sleeping outside in tents, boxes, or cars or doubled up inside their homes without a bed to call their own, all to raise awareness about family homelessness and funds for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program.

Your help is needed now more than ever. With your help, Bridge Communities will transition over 100 families to self-sufficiency by working with community partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Please give to demonstrate your commitment to helping homeless families build a bridge to a brighter future!

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Nearly 90% of your donation will benefit the families in our transitional housing program.


A personal message from Margo Matthew

This will be my 17th year of sleeping outside for one night in order to raise awareness about family homelessness, the hidden homeless in our community. This year, I feel compelled to do more due to the unsettling times we are experiencing. I am motivated and setting a challenge to continue to sleep outside in my car for as many nights as it takes to reach my fundraising goal of $10,000. Over the past 24 years of my employment with Bridge Communities, I have heard countless heartwarming, and transformational stories of the families served by Bridge. I am inspired to do this in their honor. If you feel inspired, please join me in this challenge by donating any amount you can. Consider a gift of $35 - this amount provides one night of housing for one family!

Thanks so very much for your support.

Sincerely,
Margo Matthew

Margo Matthew

My online fundraising progress

(100%) $11,670 To date $10,000 Goal

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Gold

  • Bank Financial
  • Bank of America
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • M. Brown & Associates
  • Wintrust1-Wheaton Bank & Trust
  • Wintrust2-Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
  • Wintrust3-Naperville Bank & Trust
  • Wintrust4-Bolingbrook Bank & Trust

Silver

  • Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation
  • Compass Mortgage
  • Dave Scatterday, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Wheaton Yamaha Music School

Bronze

  • BeaksCo
  • Builder Supply Outlet
  • First Eagle Bank
  • Nicor Gas
  • Oxford Bank & Trust

Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Mary Ellen November 14, 2020

    “Here’s to you Margo for all you do!!!”

  2. Tammy Maganini November 12, 2020

    “Margo, you are amazing!”

  3. Tammy Maganini November 12, 2020

    “Margo, you are a rockstar!”

  4. Mike Palma November 9, 2020

    “Great job Margo!”

  5. Chris Gladish November 9, 2020

    “Thank you Margo! ??”

  6. The Huff Family November 9, 2020

    “Congrats Margo - What an amazing organization and cause! Thank you!”

  7. Kara November 9, 2020

    “You ROCK, Margo!!”

  8. Anonymous November 9, 2020

    “Way to go Margo!!”

  9. Anonymous November 9, 2020

    “Margo, you are the best!! Blessing on all the homeless and those who help them.”

  10. Deborah Morrison November 9, 2020

    “You are the best, Margo! Doing a great thing for a great organization.”

  11. EMILY J ELLSWORTH November 9, 2020

    “You do such amazing work for this great organization. Thank you for so many years of dedication. It's an honor to donate in your name!”

  12. Molly F November 9, 2020

    “So grateful for all you do for the community!”

  13. Brittany McGrath November 9, 2020

    “Way to go!!”

  14. Molly November 9, 2020

    “Go Momma go! We love you.”

  15. Molly November 9, 2020

    “I hope you meet your goal today! God bless you and all you do for our families!”

  16. Peg Smith November 9, 2020

    “You are amazing, Margo! Thank you for caring!”

  17. Carey Murphh November 9, 2020

    “What an amazing thing you are doing! ??”

  18. kathy l malpede November 9, 2020

    “You are amazing Margo! Thank you for all you do to help those in need!”

  19. Jill November 9, 2020

    “You are a blessing to all who know you??”

  20. Carrie November 9, 2020

    “Awesome dedication! Thank you for all you do.”

  21. Lynn Prichard Goedde November 9, 2020

    “Way to go, Margo. You are truly inspiring!”

  22. Margaret C Bremer November 9, 2020

    “Margo, thank you for being an advocate for those who truly deserve a chance to succeed.”

  23. Kim Haan November 8, 2020

    “Thank you for all that you do for our community!”

  24. Paulette & Ron Weininger November 8, 2020

    “Margo - Sweet Dreams
    for all of you who do such great work”

  25. Erin Jenner November 8, 2020

    “Hope this helps and at least it is a beautiful fall evening.”

  26. Jana Goetz November 8, 2020

    “Could not be prouder to know you, Margo! I hope you are sleeping in your own bed very soon :)”

  27. Robert D Hohe November 8, 2020

    “You are such an awesome person! So blessed that we have been friends since 1975...over 45 years!”

  28. The Navarro Family November 8, 2020

    “5x35 for a family of 5 to have a warm night's rest. Thanks for your tenacity, Margo!”

  29. Tracy Pyka November 8, 2020

    “God Bless You, Margo! ??”

  30. Gracie Motto November 8, 2020

    “Love you! So proud of you!!! You’re the best!”

  31. Dougherty Family November 8, 2020

    “You are amazing!”

  32. Laura November 8, 2020

    “Bless you, Margo!”

  33. Marge Bartlett November 8, 2020

    “Happy to help you reach your goal Margo! Hope you make it before it gets really cold out! Happy that Bridge continues to hold Sleep Out to bring awareness of homelessness in DuPage County.”

  34. Mitch November 8, 2020

    “We love you!
    Mitch, Gab, Thayer, Hayden, Otis, Dirk”

  35. Colleen November 8, 2020

    “Can you come back in now?”

  36. Liam & Maureen Lawrence November 8, 2020

    “Great cause, great work, Margo!”

  37. Anne November 8, 2020

    “Way to go, Margo!!”

  38. Lynn LaPlante November 8, 2020

    “Thanks for all that you do, Margo! Our family supports you! We love Bridge Communities.”

  39. Jennifer Matthew-Baldwin November 8, 2020

    “Your dedication to Bridge Communities and their efforts is inspiring!”

  40. Superstar November 8, 2020

    “You rock Margo!!”

  41. Suzanne T. November 8, 2020

    “Margo, I am overwhelmed by your commitment to our families! It is an honor and a joy to work with you on the mission to connect homeless families to a better future!”

  42. Christine and Michael Palmer November 8, 2020

    “Thanks for all of the work you do for the people of your community.”

  43. Dave Detmer November 8, 2020

    “Great job Margo!”

  44. Jane Melvin November 8, 2020

    “Thank you, Margo!”

  45. Vicki Steevensz November 8, 2020

    “Happy to help, and deep in admiration of you, dear Margo, for ALL the good you do.”

  46. Murphy Family November 8, 2020

    “So happy to be able to support this wonderful cause.”

  47. Patty D November 8, 2020

    “Your dedication to helping others is SO inspiring, Margo! Keep up the great work!”

  48. Dawn Henninger Lantero November 8, 2020

    “You rock, Margo!”

  49. Bill and Lisa Cleaver November 8, 2020

    “Thanks for all you do, Margo!”

  50. Bob and Margaret Hernandez November 8, 2020

    “Bless you Margo!”

  51. Carol November 8, 2020

    “Go girl!”

  52. Sandy Gimple Hagen November 8, 2020

    “Good for you Margo Pratt!”

  53. Anonymous November 8, 2020

    “Thank you Margo!”

  54. Sarah November 8, 2020

    “Love you Aunt Margo!”

  55. MJ Roselli November 8, 2020

    “You continue to inspire me not only as a dear friend, but an amazing woman who is devoted to your beautiful family, a great loving & supportive friend to many and a respected pillar in our community! God Bless you always Marg!”

  56. Kelley M Kalinich November 8, 2020

    “Thank you, Margo! You have been an amazing supporter of making lives better! So glad to support you!”

  57. Karen Winter November 7, 2020

    “Thank you Bridge Communities for everything that you do!!”

  58. Alison November 7, 2020

    “Thank you Margo. You are inspiring!”

  59. Jeannine Meyo November 7, 2020

    “xo”

  60. JoAnne Retondo November 7, 2020

    “Thank you Margo for doing this! Stay warm!”

  61. Mark and Lauren November 7, 2020

    “Go Margo!”

  62. Rose Szurko November 7, 2020

    “Your commitment to Bridge and all those you serve is amazing!!! Best wishes for a great campaign to raise awareness of the tireless efforts to help your clients be safe.”

  63. Yvonne Naese November 7, 2020

    “Margo, you are a Bridge superstar!! Miss you!”

  64. Gabrielle November 7, 2020

    “You go Marg!!”

  65. Carly Kenny November 7, 2020

    “You’re appreciated and inspirational!”

  66. The Devines November 7, 2020

    “Thank you Margo and Bridge Communities!!!!”

  67. Lucy November 7, 2020

    “I remember a Sleep Out Saturday in your backyard when I was in high school! Thank you for your dedication to such a worth cause.”

  68. Anonymous November 7, 2020

    “NOBODY should have to sleep outside.”

  69. Jennie and Peter Gates November 7, 2020

    “My dear crazy, huge hearted friend! I'm praying you will sleep out just this one night! Love you xxxxx”

  70. Mikey November 7, 2020

    “Let’s go Margo! Let’s go Bridge!”

  71. Erin A Matthew November 7, 2020

    “Yay Mom/Margo!!! Love, Erin & Aubrey”

  72. Melisa Knez November 7, 2020

    “Margo, you are the best!!”

  73. Chad Pedigo November 7, 2020

    “Missing and supporting you tonight and all of our Bridge Communities friends!
    The Pedeltons ; )”

  74. Metcalf Family November 5, 2020

    “Happy to support great cause”

  75. Lisa D August 7, 2020

    “Good luck, Margo and Tim!”

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