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Bridge Communities serves homeless families in DuPage County with mentoring, housing, and supportive services


The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

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Bridge partners with dozens of local churches, community groups, and businesses to provide a comprehensive program for homeless families in DuPage County.

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Chicago magazine ranked Bridge among the 20 Best Charities in Chicago in 2015, for connecting more than 130 families to homes and hope each year.

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Latest news, events, and announcements

  • Amy Van Polen Appointed as Bridge Communities CEO

    We are very pleased to announce that Amy Van Polen, CFRE, has been newly appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bridge Communities. For the last 16 years, Amy has served Bridge Communities in a variety of positions where she has steered program development, funding and endowment campaigns, marketing and outreach, strategic planning and staff development. 

    Read the full Announcement here.

  • Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives

    Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives honors the women that give and those that benefit from Bridge Communities services.  This event is an opportunity to say thank you and recognize the amazing women that Bridge is honored to serve. 

    Learn more and get your tickets here.

  • Connections, the Bridge Communities Newsletter

    At the start of the pandemic, Valencia and her son spent months moving from house to house, doubling or tripling up with friends and family, living paycheck to paycheck.

    She just needed a couple of months to build up her savings and plan her next steps forward. However, Valencia could not find the stable housing her family needed.

    Learn more about Valencia's journey through the Bridge program in our Latest Issue of Connections.