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Why Bridge Tutors Matter: A’s Story

July 21, 2015

Awards_2015At Bridge Communities, the children in the Transitional Housing Program are just as important to us as their parents. We care deeply about their success and well-being, and that’s why Bridge children at any grade level can be connected to a tutor, who will work them weekly and help with their studies.

“A” is just one such child. When she and her mom entered the Bridge program in 2011, she had fallen behind in school and needed some extra help. She was paired with Bridge tutor Sharon, who saw the potential in A. She’s helped her understand her schoolwork, improved her reading and math skills, and boosted her confidence.

At the end of this past school year, A graduated from fifth grade, earning THREE awards: the Musical Award for playing the violin; the Nature Nerds Award, and a Merit Service Award. Thanks to the foundation her tutor Sharon helped build, we’re sure she is going to do a fantastic job in middle school, too.

Says A’s mom: “I would like to thank Bridge Communities and Mrs. Sharon for all hard work, especially Mrs. Sharon and her patience, wise advice and simply being patient with A….Thank you so much!”

Would you like to volunteer as  Bridge tutor and help kids just like A? Visit to learn more!

Sleep Out Saturday 2015: This Is The Day

July 7, 2015

SOS Collage2This Is The Day.

The day we open our hearts to humanity.

The day that marks the start of something you’ll never forget.

The day you begin your journey to inspire positive change in the world.

The day that leads to a better tomorrow for homeless families in your community.

Join Today! Save the date for Sleep Out Saturday

November 7, 2015

Register your group now

Learn how you can change lives by participating in Sleep Out Saturday by visiting

Want to inspire others? We’re looking for past Sleep Out Saturday participants to help us film 30- to 60-second video clips about what SOS means to you. If you’d like to share your story, let us know! Send an e-mail to

We’re looking forward to seeing you on November 7!

A Chair Affair Brings a Night of Fun and Philanthropy to Naperville

June 18, 2015

2015ChairAffair 276_resized for webOn June 12, Bridge Communities proudly presented the second edition of A Chair Affair, a unique opportunity to appreciate and celebrate beautiful artwork through the transformation of chairs, stools and benches. From May 21 to June 11, 2015, chairs were on display at retail locations in Downtown Naperville, where the community was encouraged to visit, view and vote for these fun, whimsical, funky and avant-garde chairs.

These beautiful pieces of artwork showcased the creative talent of local artists and were supported by generous sponsors who made this event possible. Friends of Bridge Communities enjoyed this exciting evening of delicious food and cocktails, a silent auction, and a high-energy live auction of the top 10 People’s Choice chairs selected by your vote. This year’s People Choice Award winner with the top number of votes was Debbie Graham and her masterpiece, “Inspiration from the Heart.”

All proceeds from the event directly support homeless families in DuPage County in the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program.

Thank you for joining us and helping us change lives!

Want to see more photos from A Chair Affair? Visit our album on Facebook!

For information on how to become an Artist or Sponsor for the 3rd Annual A Chair Affair please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610 ext. 19.

Meet Allison’s family in Bridge’s Connections Newsletter

May 28, 2015
BridgeMar15 74What if you had to flee from your own partner in order to keep your children safe? It’s a scary thought, and one that’s close to home for many Bridge families, including Allison’s.
In our Spring issue of the Bridge Communities newsletter,”Connections,” you’ll learn why Allison and her daughters had to escape an abusive home. You’ll see the strength and determination they needed to make it in the Bridge program. And, you’ll see why a little help from friends like you has made all the difference in the world for their family.
This issue also features success stories of many Bridge families, plus updates on programming at our Learning Resource Centers, info on three new Bridge buildings, and more.
None of this would be possible without you! Thank you for connecting Bridge families to a better future.


Garden Walk returns on June 20

May 18, 2015

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Spring into summer with the Glen Ellyn Garden Walk! Enjoy a self-guided tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in town. Tickets are $25 (advance) / $30 (door) and includes entrance into six private gardens and one bonus Park District garden, self-guided tour map, Master Gardeners on-hand from University of Illinois extension, raffle opportunities from many local eateries and establishments, and presentations at select gardens. All proceeds benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

Glen Ellyn Garden Walk
Saturday, June 20, 2015
10 AM-4 PM
Tickets $25 in advance/$30 day of event
Purchase yours today at

A Chair Affair Returns to Naperville!

April 30, 2015

AChairAffairLogo2015Don’t miss one of the most unique parties of the year and your opportunity to find one-of-a-kind artwork for your home! Back for its second year, Bridge Communities combines artistic talent with a great cause to present A Chair Affair in the Naperville community this spring. From May 21-June 11, the 30 chairs, stools and benches redesigned by local artisans will be displayed in storefronts throughout Downtown Naperville.

Starting on May 21, patrons and community members are encouraged to visit local retailers to view these pieces of art, and then vote for their favorite on The top 10 pieces of art collecting the most votes will be featured in a live auction on June 11 at Wentz Concert Hall. This exciting gala event will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as an opportunity to bid on all the chair artwork in silent and live auctions.  All proceeds raised through the event will benefit homeless families in DuPage County assisted by Bridge Communities.

All artists creating the 30 chairs for A Chair Affair hail from the DuPage County area, and bring a wide range of art experience with various media, including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping, embellishments and more.

“We’re thrilled to bring A Chair Affair back to Naperville this year,” says Amy Van Polen, Bridge’s Resource Development Director. “The outpouring of support and excitement from the community warmed our hearts last year, and it was a fantastic experience for the artists, sponsors and businesses in the community. We can’t wait to do it again.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about A Chair Affair, please call Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or e-mail him at Tickets for the June 11 event are $40 and may be purchased online at or by calling (630) 545-0610, ext. 19.

Thank you, Soup & Bread Glen Ellyn!

April 21, 2015

soup and bread logoOn Saturday, April 18, the first Soup & Bread Glen Ellyn event was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to benefit the families served by Bridge Communities. We would like to send a warm and huge thank you to the following people for this wonderful event:

-Organizer Extraordinaire: Mary Elizabeth Lane

-St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for hosting it in their beautiful Mahon Hall.

-Reverend and Mrs. George Smith

-David Dornblaser, the facilities manager and organizer at St. Mark’s

-The music makers:  Szurko Trio: Rose Szurko, Ray Smith and Scott Carlton; Eric Dinse

-All of the Soup Chefs: Tina Hilt Rudins, Jennifer Bell, Patrick Foley, Torrie Fernald, Susan Keehn Watts, Stacy Schmidt Holloway, Margo Matthew and Amy Bendigkeit

-Bread Bakers and Dessert Makers: Jeanne Enright, Torrie Fernald, Linda Ferrone Mirabella, Joan Harmon, Jennifer Baldwin, Rogeriques,Thomas Watts, Ann Marie Pesavento Andexler, Jennifer Mitton Cox and Karen Travis

-Jim Grotelueschen as our beverage donor

-Lisa Sieber Hoofnagle: Jack of all trades!

-Boy Scout Troop #44 and Debora Felsenthal for helping with setup and cleanup

-Mary Anne Peandro Hoffstad and Cookies By Design for the creative cookie basket raffle

-Eric Friedemann Photography


All Community Members who attended! $2200 was donated and will go directly toward connecting homeless families to a better future.

We look forward to the next Soup and Bread Glen Ellyn providing hope and homes for Bridge Communities families–we’ll keep you posted!


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