“Buying a home is what most people dream of, and this spring, I bought my first home: a townhouse, just 10 minutes away from my job.”
Beatrice is right–it isn’t easy to make it in the Bridge Communities program. It’s a lot of hard work. It requires vulnerability. But for the 130+ Bridge families that you save each year, it’s life-changing. And often, it’s their only chance to break the cycle of homelessness forever.
“When my daughter Naya was 5 months old, I was working as a CNA and was also in nursing school. My dad gave us just a year to stay with them. At the end of that year, I was still in school, and on track to graduate. But he still told me we had to leave. With nowhere to go, I was about to become homeless.”
After Beatrice and Naya’s father split for good, Beatrice made the difficult decision to move back home. Her dad gave her a one-year deadline to move out. One year wasn’t enough, though.
Between working part-time, attending school and studying, she couldn’t make enough money to support herself and Naya. “I had prayed that my parents would give us just a few more months so I could finish school, but my dad wasn’t willing to do that,” Beatrice remembers. She was on the verge of homelessness.
“I was trying so hard to find a place, just a room to rent, but I couldn’t find anything, and I didn’t have anyone to help. I knew staying in school was my only hope, because it was my only gateway to a better future. If I were to drop out, it would have been the end for us.”
Can you imagine what that must have felt like? To be so alone, so scared–and so close to achieving your goals, only to have them slip through your fingers?
But, Beatrice has grit. She’s stronger than you can imagine. And we’ll share the second part of her story on Monday, December 12.
If you have been considering making a donation to Bridge Communities, the time is now. Because Bridge families need you now more than ever. Please make a year-end donation in honor of Beatrice and the 130 families you’re saving from homelessness this year.
After her divorce, Kelly and her three kids–Maddie, Kyle and Becca–were grateful to move into her brother’s house in Warrenville. A few years passed, life settled down, and Kelly even found love again.
Then, her brother planned to sell his home, and Kelly and her new fiance agreed to buy it. But, just days before the closing, she discovered her fiance’s infidelity. She broke off her engagement, but her troubles were far from over. Because soon, she and her children would have nowhere to live.
But, you gave them new hope when they found Bridge Communities.
Your generosity has given Kelly’s family a safe home, stability, and has even helped launch Kelly into a successful career. Read more about their inspiring story in our Fall Connections newsletter, and know that you played a major role in their success!
In this issue, you’ll also read about our latest graduate to own a Habitat for Humanity house; meet LRC volunteer Lisa Hjorth; learn more about Sleep Out Saturday on November 5, and more!
Because of you, 130+ homeless families have a safe haven with Bridge Communities in 2016, and will recover from the traumas caused by homelessness. Please consider making a gift so that the next 130 can recover, too. Thank you for being a friend to Bridge families when they need you the most.