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On November 2nd 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 130 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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Nearly 90% of your donation will benefit the families in our transitional housing program.

A personal message from Jenifer Bystry

Help me! I'm about to find out what it's like to be homeless!

November 2, I will be spending a chilly night in my car, like so many of Bridge's clients before they came into our program. Unlike, those courageous moms and dads, I will be able to wake up in the morning and return to my privileged life. But I'll be wiser, more compassionate and deeply empathetic for it. And, I'll be even more fired up to do the best job possible as Bridge's new Director of Community Engagement.

Won't you please support me by making a donation? You can help breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty (yes! it can be done) for Bridge families and future generations.

Thank you so much!!!

Jenifer Bystry

Jenifer Bystry

My online fundraising progress

(80%) $2,795 To date $3,500 Goal

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Thank you to all those who pledged!

  1. Maureen Winans November 12, 2019

    “Thank you!”

  2. Anonymous November 12, 2019

    “Great job Jen!”

  3. Brad and Christy Gary November 4, 2019

    “So proud of you Jen!”

  4. Sheri November 2, 2019

    “Please stay warm. Bless you for doing this!”

  5. Candice Schaper October 31, 2019

    “It was such a pleasure to learn more about Bridge Communities through you Jenn. Thank you so much for your help and for your inspiring mission. When I gather enough courage I hope to join you in a sleep out Saturday soon.”

  6. Your fans/family in Michigan October 30, 2019

    “Jenifer, have fun and keep warm:) That warm heart should help keep everyone toasty!”

  7. Claudia & Ted MacDonald October 29, 2019

    “So proud of you Jenifer for all the hard work you're doing to make this world a better place. Stay warm! God bless!”

  8. Linda October 24, 2019

    “Sleep Tight!!”

  9. Erica & Barry Nelson October 23, 2019

    “Supporting your important work to continue making Glen Ellyn a community that provides a safe place to work, learn, pray, sleep, and live.”

  10. The Jaczkos October 22, 2019

    “So happy you found a great organization to use your amazing talents! Keep up the good work!”

  11. Carolyn Worniak October 22, 2019

    “Sounds like an amazing event and cause! Great job!”

  12. Karen Hall October 20, 2019

    “How awesome!! What a great cause”

  13. Mike & Diane Sakach October 20, 2019

    “Wishing you a mild night and a successful event.”

  14. Dottie October 19, 2019

    “What a wonderful cause to support! Best of luck, stay warm!”

  15. Cindy & Rick Garrity October 18, 2019

    “Thank you, Jen, for helping raise money for this wonderful cause.”

  16. Debra & Darric Brambora October 18, 2019

    “Hope you get a warm night, Jen!”

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