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Meet a family you rescued from homelessness on #GivingTuesday

January 23, 2017
t-family_frameOn November 29, when you supported #GivingTuesday at Bridge Communities, you changed the future for two more homeless families.
    Because of you, we were able to adjust our plans and bring two more families into the Bridge program, before the deep freeze set in. Thank you for making this possible!
     And now, we’ll introduce you to one of the families you rescued from homelessness.
     The T family, pictured here, is a mom and her 5-year-old daughter. We’re pleased to share that after a difficult autumn, they are now safely in a Bridge apartment and settling into their new life this winter. They’re proudly posing by the artwork that the little one made for her bedroom door–because she was so excited to have a bedroom again.
     Next month, we’ll introduce you to the J family and keep you posted on their transition into the Bridge program. In the meantime, click here to meet more Bridge families, and learn how your support is helping homeless families build a better, brighter future.
     Please know that you made all the difference in the world for the T family on #GivingTuesday. Thank you for being there when they needed you the most.

Beatrice’s Bridge Communities Story: The Conclusion

December 19, 2016
beatrice_cropIt was hard to balance work, school and family, but Naya was always my strength. She has always been happy, always strong. And she gave me the strength to do what I needed to improve myself. I know that everything I do, it’s for her.”

     Beatrice had been working her way through nursing school and caring for her daughter Naya when her parents told her she had to move out of the house.

     She was on the verge of homelessness and terrified. But you brought Beatrice and Naya into Bridge Communities. And they are forever grateful.
Beatrice worked hard to learn how to budget and save. She attended Bridge’s job readiness classes. She met with her mentors every week to keep herself on track. And she began to achieve her goals, one by one.

beatrice-3b     “While in the Bridge program, I graduated from school with my LPN in May 2014, right on track. I had been working at a senior living community, and once I passed my state boards, they started training me to stay on as a nurse. 

“Buying a home is what most people dream of, and this spring, I bought my first home: a townhouse, just 10 minutes away from my job.”

     There’s even more happy news for Beatrice:

      “Before I left the Bridge program, I went back to my parents’ house one day. What had happened between us two years before was a burden that I’d had to carry, and it wasn’t healthy. I asked for my dad’s forgiveness, and he started crying. He stated that I was his child and he loved me, and he asked for my forgiveness, too.

     “Being in Bridge Communities was a great opportunity that I really needed. My life wouldn’t be where it is now without Bridge, and it means a lot to me. I’m at such peace now. I’m just in a happy place and I’m so grateful.”

     Thank you for reading Beatrice’s remarkable story from homelessness to hope. There are 130+ homeless families in Bridge Communities, just like Beatrice, that you can help each year. Please make a donation in their honor at

Beatrice’s Bridge Communities Story: Part 2

December 12, 2016
beatrice-2b“It was 9 AM on Christmas Eve when I had my last interview with Bridge Communities, and my life changed forever. We went over to the apartment, and I saw that it had 2 bedrooms. I just started crying. I couldn’t believe I was actually getting a 2-bedroom home. Without Bridge, I didn’t know how I was going to provide for Naya. It was a blessing to have this new space. And it was the best Christmas present ever.”

     Three years ago, Beatrice had been working her way through nursing school and caring for her baby daughter, when her parents told her she couldn’t live in their home anymore.

     She was about to become homeless. But friends like you stepped in and saved her.

    Currently, we have 9 families on our waiting list, just as scared as Beatrice was when she was praying to be accepted into the Bridge program.

     Will you please make a gift today to bring these families in from the cold this holiday season?

beatrice-3a_crop “My mentors told me, ‘Anyone can come through this program. What matters is what you do while you’re here.’ I knew my mentors would be there to support me, but my future was up to me. Because being in Bridge is what you make of it.

     “This is a great opportunity to better yourself. It’s hard to expose yourself and your personal issues. But my mentors were always pushing me to do better and helping me learn how to save. I needed to learn how to save enough so that I’d be able to successfully graduate from the program.”

      Beatrice is right–it isn’t easy to make it in the Bridge Communities program. It’s a lot of hard work. It requires vulnerability. But for the 130+ Bridge families that you save each year, it’s life-changing. And often, it’s their only chance to break the cycle of homelessness forever.

     Please keep an eye on this blog next Monday, December 19, when we share the remarkable conclusion of Beatrice’s story. (Or, is it only the beginning…?)

     Until then, please make a gift to Bridge Communities, and you’ll save 9 more families from homelessness this year. Because we can’t save them without you.

Beatrice’s Bridge Communities Story: Part 1

December 5, 2016


“When my daughter Naya was 5 months old, I was working as a CNA and was also in nursing school. My dad gave us just a year to stay with them. At the end of that year, I was still in school, and on track to graduate. But he still told me we had to leave. With nowhere to go, I was about to become homeless.”

After Beatrice and Naya’s father split for good, Beatrice made the difficult decision to move back home. Her dad gave her a one-year deadline to move out. One year wasn’t enough, though.

Between working part-time, attending school and studying, she couldn’t make enough money to support herself and Naya. “I had prayed that my parents would give us just a few more months so I could finish school, but my dad wasn’t willing to do that,” Beatrice remembers. She was on the verge of homelessness.

 “I was trying so hard to find a place, just a room to rent, but I couldn’t find anything, and I didn’t have anyone to help. I knew staying in school was my only hope, because it was my only gateway to a better future. If I were to drop out, it would have been the end for us.”

Can you imagine what that must have felt like? To be so alone, so scared–and so close to achieving your goals, only to have them slip through your fingers?

But, Beatrice has grit. She’s stronger than you can imagine. And we’ll share the second part of her story on Monday, December 12.

If you have been considering making a donation to Bridge Communities, the time is now. Because Bridge families need you now more than ever. Please make a year-end donation in honor of Beatrice and the 130 families you’re saving from homelessness this year.

Can you guess what you made possible on #GivingTuesday?

December 1, 2016
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Because of you, on #GivingTuesday, we hit our donation goal of $12,775! Combined with our match from Bank of America, this means we will be able to house two more homeless families than we’d planned on in 2017.
Their safety would not have been possible without you. Never doubt that your donations, your tweets, posts and shares, your volunteerism and your support makes a difference. Thank you for being the best friend Bridge Communities could ask for!
To learn more ways you can help the families served by Bridge Communities, please visit

Will you Give a Tuesday on #GivingTuesday?

November 1, 2016
BridgeCommunities_GivingTuesday_logoLast year, you came to our rescue in a big way.
     For the first time, Bridge Communities participated in #GivingTuesday, the national day of charitable giving. The end of the year was nearing, and time and money were running out. We asked if you’d help us raise $4,550–one night of housing for each of the 130 homeless families served by Bridge Communities in a year.
     We asked–and boy, you answered! You generously gave not 130, but 229 nights of housing. You gave safety and security to homeless families when they needed you most, and we will always be grateful to you. Thank you!
     This #GivingTuesday, November 29, will you Give a Tuesday in honor of the next homeless families that desperately need a home?
     We have a housing opportunity to help two more homeless families than we’d planned on–but we can only do it with your help. We need to raise $12,775 to give these families a better future. And, Bank of America has agreed to match your #GivingTuesday donation, dollar for dollar! That means that when you give a night of housing for one homeless family, another homeless family will receive another night of housing, too.
     Will you help them? Thanks to this generous match, your $35 gift is enough to give not one, but two homeless families a night of housing in a warm, safe apartment. Not only that, you’ll connect them to all the tools they need–mentoring, financial counseling, job coaching, tutoring, counseling and more–so that they can recover from the trauma of homelessness.
     Please Give a Tuesday for $35 in honor of #GivingTuesday, and help two more homeless families break free from poverty. 
     Keep an eye out this month for more on #GivingTuesday, as we’ll let you know more on how you can save families from homelessness.
     Thank you for being a friend to the families of Bridge Communities, and for being there when they need you the most.
With gratitude to our #GivingTuesday match

Because of you, Kelly’s family is safe

October 17, 2016

kellyfamilyAs Kelly’s story shows, the living situation and security of a family can change in the blink of an eye.

After her divorce, Kelly and her three kids–Maddie, Kyle and Becca–were grateful to move into her brother’s house in Warrenville. A few years passed, life settled down, and Kelly even found love again.

Then, her brother planned to sell his home, and Kelly and her new fiance agreed to buy it. But, just days before the closing, she discovered her fiance’s infidelity. She broke off her engagement, but her troubles were far from over. Because soon, she and her children would have nowhere to live.

But, you gave them new hope when they found Bridge Communities.

Your generosity has given Kelly’s family a safe home, stability, and has even helped launch Kelly into a successful career. Read more about their inspiring story in our Fall Connections newsletter, and know that you played a major role in their success!

In this issue, you’ll also read about our latest graduate to own a Habitat for Humanity house; meet LRC volunteer Lisa Hjorth; learn more about Sleep Out Saturday on November 5, and more!

Because of you, 130+ homeless families have a safe haven with Bridge Communities in 2016, and will recover from the traumas caused by homelessness. Please consider making a gift so that the next 130 can recover, too. Thank you for being a friend to Bridge families when they need you the most.

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