You may remember last fall, when we shared the story of Jax, the beloved border collie mix belonging to Lisa and her children, a Bridge family. While in Bridge, Jax couldn’t live in the apartment with them, so an outstanding volunteer named Karen stepped up to the plate and volunteered to foster Jax for the next two years.
We’re happy to report a beautiful conclusion to the story for everyone. Lisa has obtained a fantastic job and her kids are doing well in school. They have graduated out of Bridge Communities and just last month purchased a new house–complete with a large, fenced-in yard for Jax. He’s been reunited with their family, and the family couldn’t be happier. Plus, Karen is still near and dear to all of them.
Says Lisa, “I would just like to say how grateful I am to have found Bridge. I had the best case manager, mentors and sponsor. And my family is truly blessed to have met Karen and her family. Without them, I do not know where Jax would be today. They are such wonderful people to take on such a big task. Karen and her family are welcome in our home any time, and we want them to continue being a part of our life.”
Congratulations, Lisa and family–we’re thrilled for all of your successes, and that you and Jax are together again!
It’s cold. It’s uncomfortable. It’s not easy. And every year, we are so glad we did it.
Sleep Out Saturday groups of all kinds and of all ages – from individuals, to families, to youth groups and clubs in the community – will experience a night of homelessness by sleeping out in parking lots, parks and backyards. Bridge Communities provides a toolkit with age-appropriate activities to make your sleep out educational and meaningful, too.
All money raised from the event will support homeless families in the Bridge Communities program, funding the housing, employment training, mentoring, case management, plus tutoring and summer camps for kids. Thank you for making a difference in their lives.
This year’s Sleep Out Saturday event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a benefit concert in the Glenwood Avenue parking lot in downtown Glen Ellyn. At this year’s rally, you can expect another fantastic program, plus some exciting additions:
• A live benefit concert featuring musicians from School of Rock Glen Ellyn and Elmhurst
• Emcee Judy Hsu of ABC7 Chicago
• Testimonials from Bridge families and more
Join the Sleep Out Saturday movement today! Learn how you can change lives locally by participating in Sleep Out Saturday 2015 at www.sleepoutsaturday.org. For questions, contact Bridge’s Special Events Manager Chad Pedigo at 630-545-0610 x19 or email@example.com.
Ready to run? Bridge Communities is a Partner Charity for the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon on November 8! This means you can sign up to run and fundraise on behalf of the homeless families served by Bridge Communities, and you can make a true difference in their lives.
You will be a hero for a Bridge family! To give you an idea of what $300 in fundraising for Bridge Communities means, a donation that size equals more than a week of safe housing for a homeless family.
When you sign up to run on behalf of Bridge Communities, we’ll help you along your way. You can even create a personal online fundraising page to spread awareness among your family, friends and supporters. You’ll also receive a discount code to use for registering on the Naperville Marathon website.
We’ll be cheering you on November 8!
Who loves a good success story? We do! And because of your generosity and support, Bridge families achieve success professionally and personally day after day. We’ve started sharing one Bridge client’s recent success every on Facebook with our “Feel-Good Friday” tidbits. Here are just a few of the latest ones:
-Bridge client J just received word that she and her daughter have been chosen to obtain their own home through Habitat for Humanity
-Bridge client A just passed her citizenship test with flying colors
-Bridge client E just started a new job, making $16/hour
-Bridge client M got As in both classes she took at COD this summer
–The Gardenworks Project volunteers helped Bridge families in our newest building plant a community garden. They’re looking forward to their own fresh, homegrown organic veggies this fall
-Bridge client K recently finished the job readiness program and soon after, she received a $2 raise at work
-Bridge client B just closed on her new condo, and is moving in the next few weeks
-We recently hosted Bingo Nights at all our LRCs, where Bridge families got to play, eat, win prizes and enjoy a great family night!
Want to read more? Check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bridge.communities
If you’re a supporter and friend of Bridge Communities, you should feel especially good about these Fridays, because you help make great things happen for Bridge families. Thank you!
The weekend of August 28-29 marked the 7th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, and we thank YOU for making it a success!
The Bridge Builders group of Glen Ellyn kicked off the weekend’s festivities with “Barbacoa Bajo Las Estrellas,” (Barbecue Under the Stars) a unique new event featuring Latin cuisine by renowned chef Paul Lindemuth. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed the gourmet fare, signature cocktails and acoustic music by Scott Vogg. All proceeds benefited the homeless families served by Bridge, and on their behalf, we thank you for attending this exciting event!
The next day was the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, featuring the Famous Dave’s Amateur BBQ Contest. This year’s event included dozens of teams from across the midwest competing in the categories of Best Ribs, Best Dish, Best Judged Sauce, People’s Choice Sauce, and with a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Named as well. Winners were:
Best Ribs: Jack the Ribbers
Best Dish: Team Patriot – Beef Tenderloin
Best Judged Sauce: South Side Pit Men
People’s Choice Sauce: Hoggy Style
Grand Champion: Jack the Ribbers
Reserve Grand Champion: RW + B BBQ Team
And, a little rain didn’t dampen our spirits–thousands of attendees from all around the community enjoyed sampling the competitors’ sauces, the fantastic live concerts, the “Piglet Playland” for the kids, our first-ever dunk tank, raffles, drinks, food trucks and more! All proceeds from this event also benefited the homeless families served by Bridge, and we thank you for helping change their lives for the better.
Another HUGE thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who generously supported the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, and the dozens of volunteers who gave their time, energy and talent to make this year’s event a success. We couldn’t have done without you!