Sleep Out Saturday- St. Peter's Senior Youth Fellowship
Nov 11, 2015 12:23PM
By Ron Searl
On November 7, 2015, the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Elmhurst, IL Senior Youth Fellowship (SYF) joined more than 1,500 teens, children and adults sleeping outside in tents, boxes and cars to raise funds for the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program. This was the 12th year of “Sleep Out Saturday Night” which has raised over a $1 million to date draws attention to homelessness in DuPage County. Reverend Amanda McEvilly, St. Peter’s Associate Pastor, said, “This year seven youth and three participating adults from St. Peter’s raised more than $4,000. Last year we raised $1,400. It only takes $35 to house a family for one night.”
Bridge Communities, located in Glen Ellyn, Il is dedicated to helping homeless families move to self-sufficiency through its Transitional Housing Program. The Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program (http://www.bridgecommunities.org/) owns 18 apartment buildings in communities throughout DuPage County. This program trains volunteer mentors who meet on a regular basis with families to help them develop the life skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency. Also, the Transitional Housing Program shares in the costs of apartment rental and associated services as well as providing furniture and household items for a client family. The Program currently helps more than 120 families and provides over 90,000 nights of housing and services to DuPage County, homeless families.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ located at 125 W. Church Street, Elmhurst, IL. Learn more about the church and how St. Peter’s changes lives at www.stpeterselmhurst.org or by calling 630-530-6000. “Like” the church at https://www.facebook.com/St-Peters-UCC-Elmhurst-303225093043983/.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ has a long-standing close affiliation with Elmhurst College. Many of the same people that created Elmhurst College helped organize St. Peter’s. The organizers of St. Peter’s first met May 21, 1876, making it the oldest Protestant congregation in Elmhurst.