Skip to main content

Sign in to personalize

Make a pledge to Andrea Carradus

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!

Pledge now »

Give with confidence

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


A personal message from Andrea Carradus

As many of you know, I made a job change in May of this year so that I could be closer to my son and also be more engaged in the issue of affordable housing in my local community. Even in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, there are too many families who are struggling to support themselves and end up homeless because of an abusive relationship, a lost job, or an unexplained eviction. I was fortunate to find a position at Bridge Communities, and I love that my daily work supports the mission of transitioning homeless families to self-sufficiency by partnering with the community to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Each family is housed in an apartment owned by Bridge and is paired with mentors who meet with them every week for two years – two years! – to provide financial coaching and life-skills advice. Every adult has the opportunity to participate in one-on-one job counseling with our staff so they can get and retain the best job possible. And every child has the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities – like tutoring, field trips, summer reading programs, and art classes - that they might not normally be able to afford but that are so important in their growth and development…and just helping them feel like a kid!

On November 4th, I will be participating in my first Sleep Out Saturday, where hundreds of people around DuPage County will be sleeping outside to raise awareness about homelessness and to experience firsthand the difficulties of being homeless. My goal is to raise $1050, which is the amount needed to house a family for one month - $35 is the amount for one night. If you believe, like I do, that no child and no family should be homeless, please consider making a donation.

Thank you so much!

Sincerely,
Andrea Carradus

Andrea Carradus

My online fundraising progress

(100%) $1,070 To date $1,050 Goal

Share this page

Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail to a friend

Learn more

Read the Sleep Out Saturday FAQ »

Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Anita and Dale November 1, 2017

    “Good for you, Andrea!”

  2. Anonymous October 23, 2017

    “We enthusiastically support this important work!”

  3. Audrey October 23, 2017

    “So inspiring!”

  4. Anonymous October 19, 2017

    “Thank you Andrea!”

  5. Erin D. October 12, 2017

    “Great work for a great cause Andrea!”

  6. Anonymous October 10, 2017

    “Go ACE!!”

  7. Jess Brandes October 10, 2017

    “With support and solidarity in the fight to end homelessness!”

  8. Lloyd & Donna Shields October 10, 2017

    “Keep up the good work!”

  9. Erin October 10, 2017

    “Proud of you and your work to raise awareness to this important issue. You rock!”

Add your name to the donor list! Pledge now »


Sleep Out Saturday Sponsors Become a sponsor »

Platinum

  • Men in Black Pest Control Services
  • Sikich

Gold

  • Bank of America
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Builder Supply Outlet
  • Coldwell Banker Foundation
  • Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
  • Naperville Bank & Trust
  • The Edge Kitchen and Bath
  • Wheaton Bank & Trust

Silver

  • First Midwest Bank
  • NBC5 Chicago
  • School of Rock
  • West Suburban Bank

Bronze

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