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 8th Annual Benefit Dinner and Auctions was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Cress Creek Country Club. FHF wishes to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all who attended and supported this magical evening!
A Quote from a past FHF graduate:
“I prayed for a miracle and FHF is truly a miracle. Because of FHF, I will be able to truly provide for my girls. I cannot put into words how grateful I am.”
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.