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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 Jenifer Bystry

If you're on my page, you're probably here to support me, so I salute you, thank you, and virtual high five you for your caring generosity. It's been a weird year, hence my ironically ambitious goal. So let's inject some goodness into this world by helping families rebuild their lives after experiencing the trauma of homelessness, and often abuse. Thanks friends!!! You rock!!! Virtual hugs all around:)

Jenifer Bystry

Jenifer Bystry

My online fundraising progress

(100%) $2,685 To date $2,020 Goal

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  • 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


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


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

Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Anonymous November 12, 2020

    “Well done Jen - you are a superstar! Hugs xxx”

  2. Paula Grubba Angelo November 12, 2020

    “Brilliant and inspiring.”

  3. Karen M. Settlemyer November 12, 2020

    “Way to go!”

  4. Karla November 12, 2020

    “You’re a beacon of empathy, Jen.”

  5. Anonymous November 7, 2020

    “Way to go Jen! Happy to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

  6. Kendall and Shelby November 7, 2020

    “So proud of you, Aunt Jen, and all you do to leave the world better than you found it! We love you!!”

  7. Carol & John Wooton November 7, 2020

    “Go Jen!!!”

  8. Melissa Douaire November 2, 2020

    “Great Job Jen!”

  9. Angela B. Smith November 2, 2020

    “Fine Organization”

  10. Claudia Estabrook MacDonald November 1, 2020

    “So proud of my awesome Sister Jenifer!!!”

  11. Kim Chapman October 30, 2020

    “What a great cause! I think it's great that you are doing this. Stay warm!”

  12. Beth Gorz October 30, 2020

    “You go Jen! Thank you for championing for those most vulnerable among us.”

  13. Sean Shannon October 30, 2020

    “Have fun”

  14. Jill October 30, 2020

    “Bundle up!”

  15. Lisa Estes October 30, 2020

    “Thanks for doing this and raising awareness for this wonderful organization.”

  16. Amanda Lipinski October 30, 2020

    “Love you and this mission, Aunt Jen!”

  17. John & Cindy Glavin October 29, 2020

    “Thanks Jen for doing what you do!”

  18. Mike & Diane Sakach October 29, 2020

    “Thanks for championing this vital mission!”

  19. Anonymous October 26, 2020

    “Thanks for doing this for the homeless”

  20. Erica and Barry October 25, 2020

    “Another year to support an event that is even more critical in 2020. In DuPage Cty: Length of time Homeless: 64 nights up from 59 nights. Homelessness: 299 persons using emer. shelter or transitional hsing. Up from 280-more people using transitional hsing. Bridge Communities brings people to their home. No more moving. No more packing. Thank u to Bridge ldrs, volunteers and families who share their stories.”

  21. Laura Hollyer-Madis October 25, 2020

    “Stay warm Jen! You go girl!”

  22. Laurie Schulte October 25, 2020

    “Jenifer, this is excellent. I’m so happy and proud that you do this work!!”

  23. Me October 15, 2020

    “Here's to a life- changing experience to change lives!”

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