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Sleep Out Saturday – Get Involved

September 27, 2010

Do you want to get involved in a great cause? Sleep Out Saturday is a great opportunity to learn about homelessness in DuPage County in suburban Chicago.

This blog will give you great ideas on how you can get involved and motivate you to recruit a group to participate, fundraise to help homeless families and advocate for the families traumatized by homelessness. .

Just to give you some perspective as you think about participating, here are some recent statistics on homelessness in DuPage County:

  • Average age of a homeless person in DuPage County is 8
  • Number of children under the age of 5 who live in poverty in DuPage county is 13,143
  • 45,000 DuPage County residents live in poverty; 30% are under
    age 5
  • 121,000 DuPage County residents qualify as working poor
  • $8,000 is the annual salary for a family of 3 living in extreme poverty; more than 17,000 people in DuPage County live in extreme poverty
  • The number of people receiving homeless prevention services increased 114.98% from 2001 to 2005

By participating in Sleep Out Saturday, you are in the fight alongside an estimated 1,500 DuPage youth and adult leaders. Collectively, we hope to raise $120,000+ this year which will provide services and opportunities that connect families to a better future.

Thank you for joining Bridge Communities’ Sleep Out Saturday this year. We believe “there’s no place like home” and all children deserve the opportunity to enjoy one.


Joyce Hothan
Executive Director
Bridge Communities

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