GLEN ELLYN – In 2014 alone, more than 72,000 DuPage County families fell below the poverty line, according to the Heartland Alliance's Social Impact Research Center.
On Nov. 5, nearly 2,000 DuPage County residents will spend a night inside tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homelessness and money for Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program, according to a Sleep Out Saturday news release.
Sleep Out Saturday kicks off with an outdoor rally from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at 505 Crescent Blvd. in downtown Glen Ellyn. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature live music, K-Love radio personalities and personal testimonials from current Bridge Communities families.
Continuing a tradition his family has had since he was in preschool, Glenbard West High School freshman Yousuf Khan will participate in Sleep Out Saturday, the release stated. Yousuf, Grady McDonnell and Aiden Sup will participate as TeamWest.
"I really believe in this cause," Yousuf said in the release. "When we were little, we used to collect donations instead of candy when we went trick or treating."
Yousuf's sister Taskeen created and led TeamWest while she was at Glenbard West, according to the release. Now, Yousuf wants to continue the tradition.
The funds help Bridge Communities house more than 130 families and provide 91,000 nights of housing and supportive services to homeless families in DuPage County, the release stated.
Information about Sleep Out Saturday, including how to sponsor participants, is available by going to Bridge Communities' website at bridgecommunities.org.