Bridge Communities provides a holistic program to help many volunteers mentor over 100 homeless families become independent and live in their own housing. Bridge owns its own apartment buildings, and has an employment counselor, and a staff of tutors to upgrade the education levels of the children in the program. The key to the organization is that Bridge has recruited 45 churches to sponsor the families and serve their needs with advice and resources to be able to help themselves. A church will agree to sponsor a family which ususally consists of a mother and two children. the family moves into a Bridge unit which was furnished by the church. A church volunteer serves as a mentor to the family and meets with them once a week to go over the budget and developments with jobs, tests, training, nutrition, etc. The Bridge case manager trains and supports the mentors, and recommends action steps. The Bridge Employment counselor and tutor works with the mother and the children. Bridge also provides cars as needed to the family. After 2 years, the family is expected to be able to move on to their own housing. There is a lot of leverage in this story, which enables Bridge to serve more people. The success ratio is very implressive.
Bridge Communities is truly an amazing organization. Its employees, volunteer mentors, board members and program partners all come together to provide a network of support for homeless families, allowing them to transition to stability while giving them the skills they need to stay independent. The Sleep Out Saturday event brings area youth groups and families together to raise money and awareness about homelessness in our area. It is so inspirational to hear the stories of these families and the difference Bridge has made in their lives.
Bridge Communities is a dynamic, volunteer based organization serving families in DuPage county, Illinois. They have transformed the lives of hundreds of families over the last twenty two years. Partnering with local faith based organizations, Bridge oversees and manages a structured approach with each family. They provide housing, educational tutoring, employment counseling and financial management tools to help each family put their lives back on the road to self sufficiency. Many graduates of the program have shared their stories of how Bridge gave them hope, love, and confidence as they transposed their dreams into reality. In 2009, at the annual Community Memorial Foundation Non-Profit Awards Ceremony, Bridge Communities received The Most Engaged Board Award. Outstanding leadership will sustain Bridge as it move towards celebrating its 25th anniversary.