Housing helps BEDS client find stability

Housing helps BEDS client find stability

Since getting house about a year ago, Montario has been making strides and thriving at his job. Montario sought help from BEDS at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic after he lost his apartment and the restaurant he had been working at closed down. He initially stayed in our consolidated […]

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A Message from Our Chief Executive Officer

A Message from Our Chief Executive Officer

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the community. I deeply appreciate your continued support of the BEDS Plus mission during this time of uncertainty and change. You are foundational to our ability to innovate and make investments that will improve the safety net in our community. BEDS Plus has […]

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Adopt A Family event spreads holiday cheer

Adopt A Family event spreads holiday cheer

The holidays are brighter this year for many BEDS clients thanks to the kindness of strangers, who provided gifts and more during our annual holiday party. Children and adults alike were all smiles when they received gifts, food, necessities, holiday decorations and more as part of this year’s Adopt A […]

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Third annual Homeless Person’s Memorial Service

Third annual Homeless Person’s Memorial Service

Please join us for a virtual Homeless Persons’ Memorial service organized by Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange. Held on All Saints’ Day, the service features a short sermon and acknowledgement of those who died last year while homeless or in our program. This is the third annual memorial service […]

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New partnership leads to new career for BEDS client

New partnership leads to new career for BEDS client

Congratulations to TJ, who recently started a new career at Plymouth Place. TJ reached out to his case manager after losing his job in the food services industry, worried he might fall behind on rent. The COVID-19 pandemic placed increased demand on essential workers like TJ, who has developmental disabilities […]

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Hair cut, fresh shave give client confidence

Hair cut, fresh shave give client confidence

The work we do at BEDS does not stop when a client is housed. Herb was housed in September 2019. He had stayed in our shelters after he was forced to live out of his car when he depleted his life savings to care for his sick mom. He never […]

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Undoing Structural Racism in Housing

Undoing Structural Racism in Housing

BEDS clients mainly come from five townships: Berwyn, Lyons, Proviso, Stickney, and Worth. Twelve percent of their combined population is Black; forty-four percent of our clients from these areas are Black. This is not an accident. Systemic racism has long denied Black people access to housing and creates the stark […]

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BEDS Special Bulletin: Douglas’ Story

BEDS Special Bulletin: Douglas’ Story

Douglas came to our office in tears. His wife had passed away in hospice care, and he and his fifth-grade son Ty continued to cope with her loss. When schools closed due to the pandemic, Douglas had continued working days while Ty signed into e-learning at home, but like many […]

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