Chicago Area Residents to Sleep Out as a Wake-Up Call to End Homelessness

November 05, 2010

More than 1,500 DuPage County residents will give up their warm beds on Saturday and sleep outside to raise awareness and money for homeless families.

Sleep Out Saturday is an all-night event that will be held in more than 25 DuPage County communities where residents will sleep in tents, boxes or cars in parking lots, parks and backyards to support the Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Rockin’ Rally at 505 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. The crew from the 101.9 WTMX The Mix radio station will be there, and the night will offer:

Sleep Out Saturday participants*Live musical performances

*Interactive learning activities

*Team-building games

*An introduction to some teens and families who have received services from Bridge.

Admission is free, but donations would be happily accepted: Bridge Communities reports that it costs $25 to provide one night of housing and services to someone in need.

Here are some startling facts from the nonprofit organization:

*The average age of a homeless person in DuPage County is eight years old.

*A one-night survey in 2007 showed that 766 people in DuPage County, including 143 families, were homeless that night.

*It is estimated that 87,918 Illinois homes will be lost to sub-prime foreclosure.

*The Public Housing Authority in DuPage County that offers housing vouchers has a waiting list that has been closed for nearly five years, so families in need of assistance can’t even put their name on the list for a future voucher.

Don’t feel bad if you can’t Sleep Out Saturday, you can still make a donation. Close to $25,000 has already been raised online for this important cause.

What: Sleep Out Saturday

When: Saturday, November 6; 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bridge Communities, 505 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Register: Call (630) 545-0610 or visit

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