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Thank you for joining us at A Chair Affair!

June 13, 2017

 

ACA17 91On June 8, Naperville hosted the “chairity” event to kick off summer with A Chair Affair! Held at the brand new Elements at Water Street inside Hotel Indigo alongside Naperville’s beautiful Riverwalk, nearly 250 guests had an exciting evening full of food, fun and philanthropy to benefit the families of Bridge Communities.

The program kicked off with a welcome from Bridge’s CEO John Hayner, followed by a heartwarming and inspirational speech from Bridge client Maria, who’s already transforming her life in the short 10 months she and her children have lived in the safety of a Bridge apartment.

ACA17 225     Next, the live auction began! Guests bid on the 12 amazing chairs garnering the most online votes prior to the event. The chair winning the People’s Choice Award was “A Century in the Waiting” by Stephanie Price and Zachary Mestek, a set of reclaimed movie theater chairs that showcased the historic 2016 World Series-winning Chicago Cubs.

Up next was the “Stuff the Chair” raffle from john greene Realtor, where the winners had their choice of four outstanding prize packages, including tickets to Ravinia and the Paramount Theater, gourmet packages and more.

At the evening’s end, the silent auction closed, and 12 more happy bidders claimed their prize of beautiful, one-of-a-kind chair artwork to take home.

We thank all the attendees of A Chair Affair for joining us–because of you, nearly 130ACA17 245 formerly homeless families in DuPage County are on their way to a bright, independent future. Thank you!

To view the event album on Facebook, click here.

P.S. Stay tuned for more details soon about the next edition of A Chair Affair, coming to Hinsdale’s Community House on October 5!

 

The chairs are here for A Chair Affair!

May 24, 2017
Great news: The chairs have arrived! Visit downtown Naperville today to see the outstanding chair artwork from A Chair Affair, from now until June 8. Click here to vote for your favorite!

Then, on June 8, join us at the hottest “chairity” event of the summer and bid on the chair of your choice! You won’t want to miss out on this exciting, high-energy night–buy your ticket today.

 
A Chair Affair
June 8, 2017
6-9 PM
Elements at Water Street
123 Water Street
2nd Floor, Hotel Indigo
Naperville, Illinois
Purchase your $50 ticket here

 

This unique night combining art and charity will showcase a collection of beautiful community artwork–transformed chairs, stools, benches and even tables, all reimagined by local artisans to raise support for Bridge families.

In addition to our live and silent auctions, you’ll enjoy plentiful appetizers, an open bar and an inspiring story shared from a Bridge family.

Event proceeds support the Bridge Communities transitional housing program, which puts 130 homeless families on a path to a better future. Help a local family recover from the trauma of homelessness when you join us at A Chair Affair!

For questions about the event, please contact Chad Pedigo anytime at chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org, or call 630.545.0610, x19.

You are changing Kate’s life! Read on in our Connections Spring Newsletter

May 9, 2017

2016 Kate M  When Kate first approached Bridge Communities, her life was in shambles. She had just escaped from an abusive husband. She was barely scraping by, desperate to support her twin babies and her parents on a part-time retail job salary.

     She was running out of time. But you saved her from despair and homelessness.

Because of friends like you, Kate is more confident than she’s ever been. She’s found rewarding full-time work and is on a path to homeownership. Read more in our Connections newsletter–you won’t want to miss her courageous story!

In this issue, you’ll also learn about great programs for Bridge kids, including art classes and birthday boxes; how Bridge families are recovering from trauma with help from Samaracare and Metropolitan Family Services; and how the Edward-Elmhurst Health HR team is boosting the skills and confidence of our clientele.

We are so fortunate to live in this community, where people care about each other and help one another succeed. And Bridge families can’t succeed without the help of our community partners, our volunteers, and you.

Please consider making a gift toward Bridge families working to break the cycle of homelessness forever.

Thank you for being a treasured friend of Bridge Communities. Never doubt that you are making a difference to Kate, and to the 130 families you’re saving from homelessness this year.

It’s National Volunteer Week, and We Are Thankful for You

April 24, 2017
    At Bridge Communities, during National Volunteer Week and every week, we are thankful for you.
We are thankful that you choose to volunteer, sharing your skills, your experiences, your energy and your wisdom with the 130 homeless families we’re serving this year.
     We are thankful that you’re giving Bridge families a chance at a fresh start.
     We are thankful that Bridge families are recovering from the trauma of homelessness because of your help. Your service to Bridge families is essential as they work hard to get back on their feet and create a better future for their children. 
     Your commitment to Bridge families makes all the difference. Thank you for believing in them.

It All Starts With You: Our 2016 Annual Report

March 13, 2017

2016 all started with you, and your excitement and generosity toward helping Bridge families succeed. And we saw outstanding achievements from all our client families, from parents and children alike.

These achievements would not have been possible without you. We couldn’t be happier to share these accomplishments with you in the Bridge Communities 2016 Annual Report.

And, we also would like to share our 2-minute video recap of our 2016 Annual Report.

We are grateful that you have played an essential part in our growth, and more importantly, in our families’ success.

You can put a Bridge family on the road to a better future

March 9, 2017
    IMG_1681 Meet K, one of the moms in the Bridge Communities transitional housing program.
     She’s a lot like all the parents we’re privileged to work with at Bridge. She had the strength to move forward after homelessness. She had embraced the Bridge program and was learning to budget. She had determination and the skills to work hard and provide for her family.
     The one thing she didn’t have was a reliable car. 
     Without a reliable car, K couldn’t get to work, her kid’s school, classes offered by Bridge–almost anywhere. Having consistent, reliable transportation would make or break her chance of success.
     And then, a Bridge supporter stepped in to save the day. This friend donated their used SUV to Bridge Communities, allowing K to stay on track and keep her job.
     You can save the day for a homeless parent like K when you donate your used car to Bridge Communities!
     Your car will be transferred directly to a homeless family, and your gift will help them get back on the road to a better future. Plus, your donated car may be eligible for a full tax deduction of the used car value.
    K couldn’t believe her luck when a donor stepped in and generously provided her with a car. She’s so grateful–and all of us at Bridge are, too. Because friends like you can make all the difference to keep a family on the road to success.
     To donate your car, please contact Tom Thiltgen at (630) 545-0610 ext. 14 or tom.thiltgen@bridgecommunities.org.
     Thank you for all you do for Bridge families!

Meet the speakers and honorees of Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives!

February 24, 2017

We hope you can join us at our annual Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 28, as we celebrate DuPage women’s commitment to the community. Their incredible gifts of time, talents and treasure will be recognized, as well as their efforts to make our communities a better place for homeless families. Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives will honor women with ties to DuPage County, and thank them for their philanthropy.

This year, Bridge Communities is proud to award Audra Hamernik, Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, with the Transforming Lives Award. Audra is a longtime housing executive with more than 20 years of public and private industry experience. Prior to her role leading IHDA, Audra was principal of A. Hamernik & Associates, a consulting firm where she advised not-for-profit agencies like Bridge Communities on affordable housing development and funding strategies. Because of her advice, insight and dedication to affordable housing, Bridge Communities was able to grow the transitional housing program and serve significantly more homeless families than ever before. The impact of Audra’s insight will be felt by Bridge families for the rest of their lives, and it is with much gratitude that we present her with the Transforming Lives Award.
     Steffi Reyes-Thomas came to Bridge Communities as a child with her mother Trina, and brother Dante. At the time, the Reyes family was recovering from the deportation of their father as well as the death of their grandmother. After collaborating with the Salvation Army to alleviate their homelessness short-term, Steffi and her family found themselves welcomed into Bridge Communities. Since completing the Bridge Communities program with her family, Steffi has gone on to graduate high school and earn a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Steffi truly identifies with her career and sustainability plays a huge part in that. She pushes for greener practices and advancements in public health within the built environment via the USGBC and the International WELL Building Institute. Steffi credits her time in Bridge Communities with building her confidence and keeping her focused on her education, and we are thrilled to present her with the Life Transformed Award.
     Returning to emcee the luncheon will be Emmy-winning journalist Judy Hsu. An integral part of the ABC 7 news team since 2001, Judy anchors the 11 AM and 4 PM newscasts for ABC 7 Chicago. In addition to her anchor responsibilities, Judy hosts a long-format interview segment on Sunday mornings called “Newsviews.” Judy hosted the Sleep Out Saturday rally for Bridge Communities in 2015, and warmly welcomed supporters of Bridge again at the 2016 luncheon. Judy resides in the western suburbs with her husband and four children.

     The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Simone Salter, who was the teenage child in a Bridge family from 2013-2015. She currently resides in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn and is a sophomore majoring in Communications and double-minoring in Intercultural and Urban Studies at Elmhurst College. Her goal and hope is to inspire and encourage others like her to reach their fullest potential through sharing her experience with homelessness. Simone will share her moving story as a homeless youth in the Bridge Communities program and how she now thrives and encourages others to be catalysts for change in their communities.

Click here to purchase your ticket to the luncheon today! For more information about our 2017 luncheon, please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org.

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