With the mission of transitioning homeless families into self-sufficiency, Bridge Communities works with dozens of local churches, community groups, and businesses to provide a comprehensive program for homeless families in DuPage County.
For many Americans, the word “homeless” evokes a mental image of a single male with some type of substance abuse or mental health problem loitering in a public place. This is the image of the visible homeless. In reality, the picture of homelessness in America today is a family portrait.
Bridge Communities serves the homeless family – the “invisible” homeless. Typically, this is a single parent with kids in school that are bouncing from home-to-home of family and friends. These are families who have become homeless due to reasons such as divorce, domestic violence, loss of employment, and health issues.
When a family comes to Bridge Communities, they are carefully screened and, once found eligible, provides with transitional housing, supportive services and a stable environment to improve or develop the skills necessary to live self-sufficiently. This is typically defined by a two-year time period. Bridge Communities works with local faith-based and community action groups that provide mentors and essential financial support. Bridge provides professional case management, education tutoring, career counseling and coaching, and donated automobiles.
For more information about how you can help Bridge Communities, please visit their website.
Chad Pedigo, Director of Community Engagement
Lisa McNeeley, Bridge Communities Client Graduate