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On November 6th 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

I would be honored for your support as I sleep out in my car for the 18th annual Sleep Out Saturday to raise funding and awareness for the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program. To mark my 25th year of being a staff member of this life-changing organization, I have pledged to raise $25,000 which supports just over two years of stable housing for one family. Beginning on Sleep Out Saturday, November 6th, I will sleep outside for as many nights as it takes to reach my goal. Please consider supporting me in this endeavor either by donating or by challenging yourself by registering as a Sleep Out Star participant this year! By donating or by sleeping out and sharing your experience with others, you will join me in the Sleep Out Saturday movement. Together, let's show our solidarity with the 100 + families served by Bridge Communities helping to provide them futures filled with hope and stability.

• $35 contribution will provide one night of stable housing for a family experiencing homelessness

• $995 will provide one month of stable housing

• $4,975 will provide 5 months of stable housing

Your support in any amount means so much.

Thank you!

Margo Matthew

Margo Matthew

My online fundraising progress

(100%) $27,815 To date $25,000 Goal

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  • Compass Mortgage
  • Dave Scatterday, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Nicor Gas


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  • Oxford Bank & Trust

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  • Men in Black Pest Control Services

Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Don Ameche November 17, 2021

    “Beautiful cause Margo!”

  2. Deborah Romeo November 16, 2021

    “Great job Margo, so proud of you ??”

  3. Carol and Joe Gavin November 15, 2021

    “What a wonderful way to honor Bridge Communities, Margo! Congratulations for meeting your goal.”

  4. Mary Lou Skalkos November 14, 2021

    “Dear Margo: I am so very amazed by your passion and 25 years of work with homeless families. You and Bridge are huge inspirations!!! I am so happy to support your transformational work. No one should be homeless!!!”

  5. Linda Riley Merdian November 12, 2021

    “Love what Bridge Communities is doing for so many people. I am proud to give to your organization, as you help people regain their lives. The support you provide not only helps people with physical things like food and shelter, but also social and emotional aspects of themselves. Keep up the great work!!.”

  6. Anne November 12, 2021

    “Way to go, Margo!!”

  7. The Rudins November 12, 2021

    “You are amazing, as are your many friends and family that stepped up to help reach this incredible goal.
    You are loved.”

  8. Alison Larkin November 12, 2021

    “Thank you for stepping up and making a difference for those experiencing homelessness! Awesome!”

  9. Pamela Paulsen November 12, 2021

    “Wow. You are beyond amazing! AND Happy 25th anniversary!!!”

  10. Jennifer Dorn November 11, 2021

    “Thanks for your devotion Margo!”

  11. Yvonne Naese November 11, 2021


    What an amazing accomplishment ! 25 years at Bridge and $25K is something to be very proud of. Miss you!”

  12. Anonymous November 11, 2021

    “You’re the best!”

  13. Kathleen Brennan November 11, 2021

    “Margo, Thanks for all you have done to help the community! You are amazing.”

  14. Betsy Prescott November 11, 2021

    “Margo, I so admire you for doing this every year. I wish I had more to give.”

  15. Chris Gladish November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo and Bridge Communities!”

  16. Patty DeVoy November 11, 2021

    “You inspire me, Margo! Keep up the great work!”

  17. Anonymous November 11, 2021

    “You Rock Margo!!”

  18. Anonymous November 11, 2021

    “You rock Margo !!!”

  19. Mary and Joe Zienty November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo for all that you do on behalf of Bridge clients. I am thankful to know you!”

  20. Karen Winter November 11, 2021

    “Yay! You did it!!”

  21. kathy k malpede November 11, 2021

    “Thank you for all you do for Bridge Communities Margo! You are truly amazing!!”

  22. Cara November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo for your big heart for all people! Love you!??”

  23. Laura and Mike Allen November 11, 2021

    “Margo, thank you for your 25 years with Bridge. I’m praying you meet your goal today so you do t have to sleep out another night. You’re such a key part to the success of Bridge.”

  24. “Rosie” November 11, 2021

    “My friend…my hero…Your devotion and commitment are truly amazing! Thank you for all you do for Bridge Communities!”

  25. Carol Streitberger Brighton November 11, 2021

    “Thanks for all you do, Margo, to make the world better and brighter.”

  26. Penny November 11, 2021

    “You are a blessing to so many!!”

  27. Alyssa Roselli November 11, 2021

    “Go Margo go! Our Hero!!!”

  28. Deanna Roselli November 11, 2021

    “You rock, Margo!! ????”

  29. Celia Rodee & Peter Cooper November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo for making a difference!”

  30. Melissa and Jay Pauer November 11, 2021

    “Margo, thank you for sharing your sleep out experience!”

  31. Dave and Nancy Laning November 11, 2021

    “Thank you!”

  32. Erin & Aubrey November 11, 2021

    “So proud of you, Mama!”

  33. Mary Ozog November 11, 2021

    “Thanks so much for all you do for Bridge, Margo!”

  34. Mark Milligan November 11, 2021

    “I remember, with fondness, you coming to work for Bridge Communities, and all of the efforts you have made since that day. Wonderful is and understated description of you! Mark”

  35. Maureen Sier November 11, 2021

    “You are amazing Margo!”

  36. Mary Ellen November 11, 2021

    “You have a heart of gold in everything you do!”

  37. Laurie and Terry McGrath November 11, 2021

    “You are truly amazing!”

  38. Laura Schmidt November 11, 2021

    “You’re an inspiration, Mrs. M!! Thank you for all that you do!”

  39. Amy Mueller Hasso November 11, 2021

    “You are an amazing person, Margo!”

  40. Amy & Mark Gadbois November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo!”

  41. Holley Kedzior November 11, 2021

    “Margo- thank you for your commitment to this cause and organization! Very admirable of you!”

  42. Karen Wells November 11, 2021

    “Margo you are such a beloved and committed member of the Bridge Family. Thank you for just being a wonderful you! I am honored to work with you. God Bless - KSW”

  43. Jill Garbaliauskas November 11, 2021

    “Margo! You are truly an inspiration to all that participate in SOS! You are amazing! Thank you for your dedication to Bridge Communities and it's mission.”

  44. Anonymous November 11, 2021

    “Thank you Margo for all your years of service to Bridge and to the cause of housing homeless families! So thrilled SOS is still going strong!!”

  45. Renee Hughes- Compass November 11, 2021

    “Thank you for your work on this!”

  46. Erin Wright November 11, 2021

    “You are amazing! Thank you for doing what you are doing!!”

  47. Anonymous November 10, 2021

    “Margo, what an admirable and beautiful salute to your years of service helping the homeless transition to a safer and healthier life!”

  48. Pyka Family November 10, 2021

    “Way to go Margo! You’re amazing! Blessings, The Pyka Family”

  49. Kate Chen November 10, 2021

    “Way to go Margo!”

  50. Erica Vonachen November 10, 2021

    “Go Margo!”

  51. Deb & Marv Ritter November 10, 2021

    “You are amazing Margo!”

  52. Dorothy Neale November 10, 2021

    “May you find a warm place soon to rest your head, you deserve it!”

  53. Anonymous November 10, 2021

    “You are a rockstar!”

  54. Greg & Stephanie Pierce November 10, 2021

    “You are amazing, Margo! Such a big heart. Congratulations!”

  55. Jenny Norvid November 10, 2021

    “Thank you Margo!!!”

  56. Kara and Marty November 10, 2021

    “Love you.”

  57. Karen & Rebecca Anderson November 10, 2021

    “Bless you Margo! You are amazing!”

  58. Bill November 10, 2021

    “Always support Bridge. My wife worked with Bridge with FUMC in Glen Ellyn.
    Great work Margo!”

  59. Harvey Family November 10, 2021

    “God Bless you, Margo for all you are doing!”

  60. Leslie & Geoff November 10, 2021

    “So proud of you! You will be sleeping well soon…”

  61. Debbie D November 10, 2021

    “Margo you are such a blessing. Good luck reaching your goal!”

  62. Vicki St. November 10, 2021

    “You are quite clearly THE BEST HUMAN EVER.”

  63. Dawn Henninger Lantero November 10, 2021

    “Margo--You are an inspiration!”

  64. Debbie and Wayne Krusen November 10, 2021

    “25 years! Thank you Margo!”

  65. Sheila Faber November 10, 2021

    “Good luck! Thanks for doing this!”

  66. Mark and Lauren November 10, 2021

    “Happy to support your important work!”

  67. Erica and Barry Nelson November 9, 2021

    “Every year we hope that another ten families are warm in their own safe home. Thank you for your dedication to our neighbors.”

  68. Slevins November 9, 2021

    “Congrats on 25 years! You are so awesome doing this again!!”

  69. Karen Tolman November 9, 2021

    “Margo, you are the absolute BEST! Proud to be your friend. Thank you for all you do.”

  70. Nicole November 9, 2021

    “Congratulations on 25 years! Thank you for all you do!”

  71. Tom & Carrie Russell November 9, 2021

    “We’re so proud of your commitment to this wonderful organization. Happy 25 years of service to you and to all the families who benefitted from your support.”

  72. Molly Matthew November 9, 2021

    “Go Momma go! We're so lucky to have you as a guiding light and role model. Love you!”

  73. Suzanne Thibeault November 9, 2021

    “Margo, you continue to be such an inspiration! Thank you for ALL that you do! xoxo”

  74. Gavin and Lauren November 9, 2021

    “Stay Warm Aunt Margo! xo”

  75. Richard Weininger November 9, 2021

    “Congrats on 25 years! You do amazing work!”

  76. Geballe Family November 9, 2021

    “Margo, you are amazing and such an inspiration!”

  77. Gina Wood November 9, 2021

    “Thank you for all you do Margo!!!”

  78. Dougherty Family November 9, 2021

    “You are amazing! Congratulations on 25 years!”

  79. Paulette & Ron November 8, 2021

    “Margo, Thanks for all you do!”

  80. Anonymous November 8, 2021

    “Good for you doing this Margo!!
    Pam Sokol May”

  81. Lori Ray November 8, 2021

    You have such a wonderful heart and soul!! It’s been such an honor to be your friend for all of these years!!! So proud of you????”

  82. Anonymous November 8, 2021

    “Margo you are amazing”

  83. Karen Winter November 8, 2021

    “Congratulations on 25 years, Margo!!!”

  84. Carol A November 8, 2021

    “You’re my hero!”

  85. Jessica Moran November 8, 2021

    “Hi Margo!”

  86. Pat and Mary Molloy November 8, 2021

    “Thank You for all you do for Bridge !!”

  87. Sarah November 8, 2021

    “Love you and your big heart!”

  88. Lisa Estes November 8, 2021

    “Margo, you are the best!”

  89. Lisa Doyle November 8, 2021

    “You're the best, Margo!”

  90. Michael Matthew November 8, 2021

    “Proud of you, Mama!”

  91. Anonymous November 8, 2021

    “You are amazing! We love you!!!!”

  92. Margaret Hernandez November 8, 2021

    “Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all that you do!”

  93. Anonymous November 8, 2021

    “25 years of helping, way to go, Margo,”

  94. Kim November 8, 2021

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

  95. Andele Borkowski November 7, 2021

    “Happy to support your years of dedication!”

  96. Amy November 7, 2021

    “We are all cheering you on!”

  97. Martha & Dave Scatterday November 7, 2021

    “Awesome goal, Margo. Bridge is lucky to have you on their team!”

  98. Dan & Michele November 7, 2021

    “Amazing people do amazing things! Good luck Margo.”

  99. Michelle Stasi November 7, 2021

    “Margo, you are an inspiration! You are such a blessing to Bridge, all the families, and to all us staff.”

  100. Pedeltons November 6, 2021

    “You're amazing!”

  101. Marge Bartlett November 6, 2021

    “Hope you reach your goal!”

  102. Molly Howieson November 6, 2021

    “Thank you for all you have done for our families for the past 25 years!”

  103. Jennifer M. Baldwin November 6, 2021

    “So proud of you!!”

  104. Jennie Gates November 5, 2021

    “I will be thinking of you tomorrow night Margo as you sleep out to support this awesome organization. I pray you will only sleep out for one night!! Hugsx”

  105. Jen Bystry November 5, 2021

    “Margo, you are an inspiration and a blessing. Praying you meet your wonderfully ambitious goal quickly!”

  106. Cassie October 28, 2021

    “In honor of Margo's 25 years with Bridge Communities!”

  107. Ann Pitcher October 28, 2021

    “Go, Go, MarGO!”

  108. matthew doucet October 28, 2021

    “So proud of you Margo, thanks for all you do for Bridge!”

  109. Jeff Huppertz October 22, 2021

    “Congrats Margo on your 100th (I'm sure it feels like that many!) Sleep Out!!!!”

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