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Sleep Out Saturday for the Homeless

August 24, 2009

6th Annual Flagship Fundraising Event

November 7, 2009

Register Today to Become a Sleep Out Star or Organize a Sleep Out Group

Join over 1500 others as they participate in the Sleep Out Saturday for the Homeless this year on Saturday, November 7th.  This event benefits Bridge Communities which provides housing and support services for homeless families in DuPage County. The Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program is a two year commitment that offers families in a housing crisis a means to get back on their feet and provide a better future for themselves and their children.  Visit www.bridgecommunities.org for more information.

Last November, over 1200 people, from 63 groups (church, school, Scout and corporate) and 61 individuals and families experienced homelessness for one night.  Participants slept out and learned about the issue of family homelessness and raised nearly $120,000 for homeless families in transition to self sufficiency.   This equals almost 5,000 housing nights for homeless families in the Bridge program.

Sleep Out Saturday is a unique event that offers an opportunity for participants to give back to their community, raise public awareness concerning family homelessness in DuPage County and raise empathy for those less fortunate.

Participants are invited to attend a kick-off rally in Glen Ellyn, with entertainment by 101.9 The MIX on-air DJ, Koz and road crew.  Then, everyone returns to their individual/group “Sleep Out” sites, to engage in recommended educational activities!   Then it’s off to sleep in cars, tents, boxes or sleeping bags on a chilly November night!

Visit www.sleepoutsaturday.org to register as a group or as a Sleep Out “Star”.  “Stars” are families or individuals who are not participating in an organized group, but would like to learn more about homelessness in our community and raise funds to support Bridge Communities.  “Stars” are committed to requesting pledges and spreading the word about family homelessness and Bridge Communities.

Please contact Lisa Hedrick at 630/545-0610 x19 if you need more information or have questions about the event.

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