Welcome to Families Helping Families!
At any given night right here in DuPage County, Illinois, there are over 150 families that have no place to call home.
What is Families Helping Families?
FHF provides apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families in DuPage County while they are working to reclaim their lives through education. A donation of only $35 will pay one day’s rent and utilities for a family. FHF has NO administrative expenses, so every dollar we raise is a dollar that helps the homeless.
Our Annual Benefit Dinner and Auctions will be held Saturday February 8, 2020. Please Join us for an evening of celebrating FHF, dinner, dancing, friends and fun!
Quotes from current clients:
“I really appreciate Families Helping Families to the fullest. I am beyond grateful and blessed and at a loss for words.”
“My mentors are working really hard to help me, are very encouraging and hold me accountable!”
I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be in this program. I still believe it saved my life, and I know that without FHF, I would not be in a good place. So thank you very much for your grace and support!”
With the help of FHF, I have completed more in my first 45 days than I had in 5 years previously! The progress is catapulting me forward and closer to obtaining my dream to become the first person in my family to earn a college degree.”
“Thank you for choosing me and my family to be part of FHF. You are the biggest blessing in my life since you are allowing me and my children to have an opportunity in life.”
Facts about homelessness…..
Some people believe that homelessness is self-induced or somehow that the family is at fault. Those who have had the opportunity to get to know homeless families have discovered that sometimes people are working as hard as they can, and still cannot afford a place to live. While the circumstances surrounding each family’s housing crisis is different, there is one universal truth: These parents are deeply concerned about their children and truly believe that they can, with our help, provide a better life for them.
How does Families Helping Families find these families?
Prospective families are thoroughly screened by caseworkers at Bridge Communities Inc. Only families that are drug-free and have removed themselves from their domestic violence situation are eligible. Our families generally have very specific goals they would like to accomplish during their time with us, such as completion of a degree or trade school and a job with higher wages. The families are typically in the program for two years and the goal is to achieve self-sufficiency through education so that they can be productive and contributing members of our community.