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Take a seat! The artwork for A Chair Affair has come to Naperville

May 23, 2016
Cultivating Hope polaroidThe 20 outstanding chairs featured in A Chair Affair are on display at retail locations across Downtown Naperville. Please help support Bridge Communities and take a moment to view and vote for your favorite of these fun, whimsical, funky and avant-garde chairs!

Buy your tickets now to join us June 9  at Wentz Hall in Naperville and enjoy an exciting evening of delicious food and cocktails, silent auction items, and a high-energy live auction of the top 8 chair finalists! Thanks to our generous sponsors, all proceeds raised during the auction will benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities in Naperville and surrounding DuPage County.

 
Click here for a map and take a walking tour of the chairs
 
Questions about the chairs or the June 9 event? Click here to e-mail Chad Pedigo, Manager, Special Events

We look forward to celebrating art, homes and hope with you on June 9!
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Picture the impact you’ll make when you give to the next Bridge family

May 11, 2016
KathyandGirlsAt Bridge Communities, we’re proud of every goal that’s reached by each Bridge family. You’ve joined them along their journey and helped them achieve so much, and we’re delighted to share their successes with you.

Take Kathy and her girls–after finding a safe haven in a Bridge home, they’ve been able to rebuild their lives, step by step. Kathy went through the job readiness program and obtained a steady, full-time job in the health care field; her daughters received tutoring to get back on track in school; they’ve even learned organic gardening and improved their health. We’re pleased to announce that Kathy is working with Habitat for Humanity to purchase a home soon!

Kathy and her family couldn’t have achieved these goals without you. Will you help the next Bridge family that needs you?

PictureTheImpactImage So far this year, 16 more homeless families have found a home with Bridge. There are 30 more waiting for your help. When you make a gift, you will ensure that each one has a safe home and hope for their new future.

     You can double the impact you will make on a family like Kathy’s! As an added value to your gift, your donation will be matched through a grant from Community Memorial Foundation and Bridge Communities’ board of directors. You read that right; your donation–of any amount–will be doubled when you give by June 30, 2016.


     Says Kathy, “I really appreciate all that Bridge, my mentors and you have done to help me and my children. While there have been challenges, I always knew that you had our backs. Thank you.”

When we picture a great friend to Bridge Communities, we picture you. Thank you for being there when Bridge families need you the most.

Thank you for Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives with Bridge!

April 25, 2016

BLL2016-127On April 22, more than 300 supporters of Bridge families attended an unforgettable Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives Spring Luncheon at Danada House. Together, we celebrated our shared commitment to the betterment of women and children in our community, and notably, our two outstanding honorees: The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, with the Transforming Lives Award; and, Bridge graduate Lisa McNeeley, with the Life Transformed Award. Thank you for joining us for this special day!
Bridge has many people to thank for making this event a success: our outstanding emcee, ABC7’s Judy Hsu, for sharing her warmth and shining personality at the luncheon; our speaker, Sally Miller, for telling her touching stories; to our luncheon committee, for all your hard work behind the scenes.
A big thank-you also goes out to our amazing sponsors for helping make Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives possible: DuPage Medial Group Charitable Fund; Assurance; Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation; Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust; Naperville Bank & Trust; Wheaton Bank & Trust: My Chef Catering; BMO Harris Bank; BeaksCo; Digital Benefit Advisors; Career Vision; Catcon, Inc; Neil Gates Photography; Nicor Gas; and Yorke Printe Shoppe.
Thanks again–your support means more Bridge families will have their lives transformed. We look forward to seeing you next year!

 

Join us in honoring DuPage women at Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives

March 23, 2016

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Please join us at our annual Spring Luncheon 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.

Bridge Communities is proud to award Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club with the Transforming Lives Award for their dedication to the empowerment of women and children in our community.  Each year HJWC raises critical funds and provides hundreds of volunteer service hours to improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.  Founded in 1949, HJWC has raised more than $2.7 million dollars, all directly funneled back into our local communities.  HJWC has brought joy to Bridge families through their volunteerism and kindness.  Bridge is proud to create the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club Education Endowment Fund, founded through the generosity of HJWC, which will provide counseling, scholarships, tutoring, and an avenue out of homelessness to hundreds of children for years to come.

Lisa McNeeley came to Bridge Communities in desperate need of housing for her and her two young children. At the time she arrived, Lisa could not support her son and daughter, ages 14 and 10, while working a part-time minimum wage job and attending school full-time to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Now, after successfully graduating and becoming an occupational therapy assistant, she is following her dream assisting children with disabilities full time, and is now a proud homeowner. Lisa uses her voice and experience with Bridge Communities to inspire hope in others, and we are incredibly proud of Lisa’s accomplishments and delighted to award her the Life Transformed Award.

The event will be emceed by Emmy-winning journalist Judy Hsu. An integral part of the ABC 7 news team since 2001, Judy is the co-anchor of ABC 7 Eyewitness News This Morning, at the #1 news station in Chicago. In addition to her anchor responsibilities, Judy hosts a parenting segment on the morning show called “For Your Family.” Judy hosted the Sleep Out Saturday rally for Bridge Communities last November, and looks forward to welcoming supporters of Bridge again at the luncheon. Judy resides in the western suburbs with her husband and four children.

 

The featured speaker at the luncheon will be author Sally P. Miller. Writer, teacher, and sought-after speaker, she also serves as a hospital chaplain in the western suburbs. Her most recent book, Divine Love: Women Who Have It & How You Can Get It is a collection based on biblical, historic and contemporary women. Sally brings her heartfelt message of friendship to the luncheon, and shares how women can empower one another.

Tickets are $50/person or $500/table of 10 and can be purchased at www.bridgecommunities.org/News-events/Calendar/Celebrating-Women-Transforming-Lives.html. Additionally, some limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about our 2016 event, please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19 or chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org.

Check it out: Bridge Communities 2015 Annual Report

March 8, 2016
BridgeARcoverWhat an incredible year we have just completed, thanks to you–you’ve put Bridge Communities on the map. Because you helped us gain additional housing (five more apartment buildings in the past year alone!), you’ve helped change the trajectory of more than 700 Bridge families’ lives along the way. Thank you for believing in them when they needed you.

Because of you, Bridge families celebrated so many successes this year: new jobs, new degrees, new homes and more. And now, we’re thrilled to share these with you in our 2015 Annual Report.

And, we also offer you a 2-minute video recap of the 2015 Annual Report. Thank you for journeying alongside us and Bridge families on the road to self-sufficiency.

5 Reasons to Donate Your Used Car to Bridge Communities

February 29, 2016

carDid you know that Bridge Communities accepts used auto donations? If you’re looking to unload a car, here are five reasons why you should donate it to Bridge:

  1. It will go directly to a homeless family. We don’t sell your car and use the money to fund programs–we check the car for safety, then provide it to a Bridge family for their exclusive use.
  2.  Our partnership with Village Garage will keep this car running safely. For many years, our friends at Village Garage in Glen Ellyn have helped Bridge families by providing discounted care for their cars, ensuring that they can afford to stay safe on the road.
  3. A car is a necessity in DuPage County. Because there is very little public transportation throughout DuPage County, a car is often the only option for a Bridge family to get to work and school. Your donation can help a Bridge family meet their responsibilities.
  4. It’s tax-deductible. Your donated car may be eligible for a full tax deduction of the used car value!
  5. For Bridge families, transportation can make or break their success. Many families enter the Bridge program with old and unreliable cars. If a Bridge client can’t get to work because her car won’t start in the morning, she can’t keep her job–and she can’t provide for her kids. Your car donation can mean a world of difference for a Bridge family!

If you would like to discuss the benefits of donating your car to Bridge Communities, contact Tom Thiltgen at 630-545-0610 x14, or via e-mail at tom.thiltgen@bridgecommunities.org. Thank you for keeping Bridge families on the road to success!

Calling all runners! Participate in the Naperville Marathon in honor of Bridge families

February 15, 2016

2016 naperville marathon charity program logoFor the second year, Bridge Communities is a Participating Charity for the Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon. For the 2016 races, held on October 23, we hope you’ll sign up as a Charity Hero and run on behalf of the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

You can sign up today! Runners participating to raise funds for Bridge Communities will receive a $20 race discount code.

Runners commit to raising $300 for Bridge Communities, and we’ll help you along your way: You’ll also be provided with fundraising tips and a personal online fundraising page on the Bridge Communities website.

Signing up is easy:
-First, click here to become a Charity Hero for Bridge Communities and receive your charity discount code
-Second, click here to complete your registration on the Naperville Marathon’s website.

Thank you for helping Bridge families build a better future!

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