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Bridge Communities

Rating: 4.92 stars   24 reviews 1,958

Address:

505 Crescent Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137 USA

Mission:

Bridge Communities' mission is to inspire and affect change by advocating for homeless families while at the same time providing services and opportunities that connect those families to a better future.

Results:

Since 1998, Bridge Communities has helped over 450 families achieve self-sufficiency, financial stability and permanent housing.

Target demographics:

Bridge Communities provides transitional housing and comprehensive services to homeless families that work or live in DuPage County, Illinois

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2011, Bridge Communities served 106 homeless families.

Geographic areas served:

DuPage County, Illinois

Programs:

Bridge Communities provides safe, affordable housing for homeless families coupled with life-skills mentoring, employment counseling, educational tutoring, budget management and car donations.

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630-545-0610
www.bridgecommunities.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

My introduction to Bridge Communities began as a volunteer in 2010 and grew into a position helping the organization as they grow their capabilities to serve a larger homeless family population. With strong fiduciary oversight and lean operations expenses, Bridge Communities dedicates their resources and focus to the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless families. Their staff members are engaged and compassionate, and the more than 750 graduate families who are no longer homeless are a testament to their impact and influence towards making a difference in our world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bridge Communities is a non-profit that makes real differences in the lives of the people it helps. Not only does Bridge help families with their immediate need to have housing, Bridge also gives these families tools to help them create a secure future for themselves. I am also impressed that much of Bridge's work is done in partnership with volunteer mentors who work closely with the families. I am happy to support Bridge Communities and their efforts to make measurable differences in the lives of the people they help.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have participated in Bridge Communities' Sleep Out Saturday for the past two years, and both times, I have been so glad I did it. It is a truly difficult experience, but it really creates empathy for the families served by Bridge and gives you a better appreciation of what they had to go through. As I have found out more and more about Bridge, I am really glad to support their organization and see more families get back on their feet. All the staff I have met have been a great mix of professionals and really care about the homeless families they serve. All in all, I find Bridge to be a fantastic organization that is worthy of support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a firm believer in the old adage of "There but for the grace of God, go I." I believe in Bridge and volunteer because Bridge is working to break the cycle of homelessness. To me the philosophy of teaching someone how to change their lifestyle to become independent and self sufficient, instead of just giving them a quick fix, is the meaning of success. The families establish pride and ownership in themselves and teach their children how to become successful adults. The concept of a hand up instead of a hand out! The staff are dedicated, caring professionals who go beyond the norm to make sure that their families succeed. They become honorary family members. It is not a job for them, it is a calling.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for Bridge Communities, I can honestly say I have never worked with a more dedicated, professional group of individuals who are truly committed to their work and their mission. Homelessness must be addressed and Bridge does this in a way that doesn't diminish the dignity of any family who needs help. Part of this is making the family realize that this is not a handout. They, in return for the help they receive, must dedicate themselves to the tasks at hand. There are those that have trouble committing to the Bridge path of success. Those who have completed the program have moved on to fulfilling lives. Volunteering, in any way, has made me realize even more than ever, what a great life I have and how much others need help and guidance. Thank God for Bridge Communities!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As one of the program partner parishes that Bridge Communities works with, I can say that they are one of the the most well organized, professionally staffed, and truly committed groups I have had the opportunity to work with. Bridge Communities has assisted our parish's transitional housing ministry in the early formation, through it's growth and into it's maturity. There staff has always been avaialble to assist us in any crisis, challenge or celebration. We have had the opportunity to use all the resources that Bridge provides. The educational coordinator, the employment coordinator, the executive director, the president and, most especially the case manager assigned to our group, have always been avaialble to us and willing to help us and be creative in solutions to help our clients on the road back to self-sufficiency. Bridge is a great group, with a great mission and a great deal of committment to what they do. We are thankful to be associated with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have outlined these above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bridge is doing all the things right that are required to assist us in our program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am with one of the community partners helping provide mentors and financial support for Bridge families. Our church is much enriched by this relationship, as our volunteers are able to work with families striving to regain solid financial footing knowing that all of the professional resources Bridge provides are available to them. While the mentors visit their families weekly for budget guidance and emotional support, Bridge offers case management, tutoring, job assistance, and counseling for the clients. They are also the landlord of the apartments and secure a car for guest families as well. They screen the applicants to try and find families who have a desire and potential for success in the program. We would not be able to offer Transitional Housing assistance without them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our church's continued collaboration helping families get back on their feet. Our mentors and support committee feel blessed to be a part of this effort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and find a way to help the mothers with their day care costs. I would also try and place families as close as possible to their jobs and schools so that transportation wasn't a constant issue.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Bridge Communities was something I had never heard of until members of my family were taken into the program. They were taught a great deal by the bridge volunteers, so that they now are back on their feet and self sufficient and helping others. It was a wonderful learning experience for the children too. They learned to do without, so when they do get things now, they are extremely greatful. Thank You to all the volunteers for their many hours of service and love, for I feel that is what drives them all. Love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

help to family members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

don't know of anygwt14@aol.com

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bridge does a wonderful job of rescuing people who are on the edge of homelessness and providing them with a group of mentors that want them to succeed. Bridge works with various organizations who sponsor the family with a free apartment for two years. Bridge helps with training for the mentors and after school help and tutoring for the children. it is a powerful partnership that works to the benefit of the family at risk.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The outstanding job our case manager does in guiding us and our family. Every family has difficult situations and our case manager makes sure we honestly address and discuss the problems and solutions head on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think the mentors need continual training and updating of their skills to be effective. Also, some families are not prepared to leave after two years.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering as a mentor for families in the Bridge program for 9 years. It is easily one of the most worthwhile activities that I have ever done. It gives you the chance to make a huge difference in the life of one family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the positive effects of housing homeless families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to make more housing available for the homeless.

 
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