It will always be the first Saturday in November. "It" is Sleep Out Saturday, a county-wide effort to raise funds and awareness for Bridge Communities - DuPage county's oldest and largest provider of transitional housing for homeless famlies. Visit our online Sleep Out Saturday media guide for more event information.
Every $25 donation delivers 24 hours of shelter and care for a family member. Find out how you can make a donation to help homeless families find a better future.
In all, 1,000 people - mostly enthusiastic youth - participated. Each of them experienced what it's like to be homeless for one night by sleeping out in a cardboard box, a tent or under the stars.
This photo is from our press conference. Thanks to Kim Yates, a Bridge Communities board member and major sponsor Harris associate; Devin Wittenberg, a Bridge Communities client who is off to college thanks to the program; Illinois State Representative Sandra Pihos; Joyce Hothan, Bridge Communities' executive director and Bob Wahlgren, Bridge Communities' co-founder.
About Bridge Communities . . .
From the sponsorship of one family in 1988, Bridge Communities' network includes program partnerships with over 40 churches and community groups in locations throughout DuPage County.
Program partners assist in supporting nearly 70 homeless families in the Bridge Transitional Housing Program. With a four-star rating from www.charitynavigator.org, Bridge Communities is one of the top-ranked organizations to serve homeless families in the Midwest. One gift to Bridge Communities goes to work on six levels providing housing, mentoring, tutoring, employment counseling, career and financial planning assistance.
Bridge Communities is a non-profit organization headquartered in Glen Ellyn, Illinois whose mission is to: inspire and effect change by advocating for homeless families; provide services and opportunities that connect families to a better future; collaborate with faith-based partners, community groups and businesses to leverage resources and create long-term solutions; and lead by example through our innovative programs and grassroots involvement.