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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

This year, November 5 marks the third time I'll participate in Sleep Out Saturday. The first year, when the temperature dropped to 22 degrees, I slept inside a tent in my friend Debbie's backyard. I got a couple hours of fractured sleep and spent the rest of the day recovering at home.

The next year, I thought I'd be smarter about it, and opted to sleep inside my car at Naperville's Central Park. HA! It wasn't any warmer, and I was cramped and confined by the small spaces and seats in my Corolla. I dozed off for about 10 minutes around midnight, shivered for the next few hours, and then gave up any hope of more sleep around 4:30 AM.

The things I remember most about Sleep Out Saturday wasn't just the cold and discomfort--it's also the intense gratitude and relief that my family doesn't HAVE to sleep like this at night. We don't HAVE to feel sick with exhaustion the following day. We are safe and warm in the security of our home.

This safety, warmth and security is provided to 130+ DuPage County homeless families each year through Bridge Communities. When you support Bridge's Sleep Out Saturday event, you give families a safe home, employment coaching, mentoring, financial counseling, case management, community programming and more. You'll give them the opportunity to recover from the trauma of homelessness. And you'll give them the tools they need so that they'll never be homeless again.

Sleep Out Saturday has been one of the most challenging, difficult and meaningful experiences of my life the past two years, and I expect this year's event will be, too . Will you stand in solidarity with the homeless families served by Bridge Communities and support Sleep Out Saturday? Just $35 is enough to provide a family with safe housing for a night. Please consider making a gift to help give homeless families the opportunity for a better future. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Lisa Doyle

Lisa Doyle

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Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Elizabeth Yong October 24, 2016

    “Way to go Lisa! You have made such a difference to many people. I'm glad to call you a friend.”

  2. Amanda Kennedy October 20, 2016

    “Very proud of you for doing this again! Good Luck!”

  3. Lauren Casella October 19, 2016

    “Lisa and the team at Bridge Communities demonstrate the power of effective, targeted resources for families in need. It's my pleasure to support Bridge!”

  4. Debbie October 18, 2016

    “Lisa thank you for all you do to help homeless families in our county. You and Bridge are making a difference! Keep up the good work :)”

  5. Joyce October 18, 2016

    “So proud of you, Lisa, and all the great work that you do helping others. Good luck!!!”

  6. Kurt and Kellyann Hickey October 10, 2016

    “Good luck and try and stay warm.”

  7. Kristen October 2, 2016

    “Good luck Lisa, great cause!”

  8. Tiffany Miller September 30, 2016

    “Good Luck Lisa!”

  9. Sharon September 29, 2016

    “Super proud of you Lisa for such an amazing cause! Sending you some Texas heat on the special day!”

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  • Sikich

Gold

  • Bank of America
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Coldwell Banker Foundation
  • Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
  • K-LOVE
  • Naperville Bank & Trust
  • Wheaton Bank & Trust

Silver

  • First Midwest Bank
  • School of Rock
  • West Suburban Bank

Bronze

  • Naper Grove Vision Care
  • Nicor
  • Oxford Bank and Trust
  • Providence Bank