From Andres to Zac: Meet BEDS’ 2020 Summer Interns

From Andres to Zac: Meet BEDS’ 2020 Summer Interns

We want to welcome 2020 summer interns Andres Munoz and Zac Catrambone. Both will help us continue safely serving people experiencing homelessness and at imminent risk of homelessness. We hope their time with us leads to a deeper understanding of the issues facing our communities and commitment to human services. […]

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Meet Housing Case Manager Natalie Breeden

Meet Housing Case Manager Natalie Breeden

Our courageous and committed frontline staff have made our strategic COVID19 response possible. As National Social Work Month continues, we want to highlight another staff person who is going to extraordinary lengths to serve some of our most vulnerable clients. Housing Case Manager Natalie Breeden works closely with people living […]

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Volunteer Bill Burke helps on frontline of the BEDS COVID-19 response

Volunteer Bill Burke helps on frontline of the BEDS COVID-19 response

Bill Burke is one of the BEDS volunteers on the frontline of our COVID-19 response, helping to manage consolidated shelter operations. A volunteer with BEDS since 1998, Bill tirelessly led a small group of volunteers to get our consolidated shelter site ready to serve both as an overnight emergency shelter […]

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Meet Manager of Emergency Services and Outreach Mario Avila

Meet Manager of Emergency Services and Outreach Mario Avila

Manager of Emergency Services and Outreach Mario Avila joined BEDS staff in 2017. Based in our Worth office, Mario Avila oversees our South Suburban emergency overnight shelters, daytime support center, and street outreach. He works closely with clients who are struggling with substance abuse, which can cause homelessness, be caused […]

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Meet Stabilization Coordinator Miriam Martinez

Meet Stabilization Coordinator Miriam Martinez

Stabilization Coordinator Miriam Martinez joined BEDS staff in 2019. She’s focused on expanding our reach in some of our newer communities, and she’s one of the first contacts with BEDS that many people experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness have. We wanted to feature a conversation with her as part […]

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Meet Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Ben Pershey

Meet Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Ben Pershey

BEDS is celebrating National Social Work Month by interviewing staff who work directly with the people we serve. Our first conversation is with Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Ben Pershey. Thanks for sitting down with us Ben. Tell us about yourself. How did you get started in social work? I had […]

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Soup & Bread event a smashing success!

Soup & Bread event a smashing success!

I love to cook.  Cooking soup is one of the best ways to use extra stuff in my refrigerator or garden.  Nearly a decade ago, I came across a story about a successful community event at The Hideout, a bar in Chicago, that invited customers to share soup and day-old […]

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Volunteering with BEDS is a true passion for Adam Higgins

Our work isn’t possible without volunteers like Adam Higgins and his family, who work the first shift at the St. Hugh’s emergency overnight shelter on the third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. Adam talks about why volunteering with BEDS is a true passion for him. Everyone deserves a home.

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A new beginning

A new beginning

Herb never thought he would experience homelessness and need to reach out for help. But after depleting his savings to care for his sick mom, Herb found himself living on the edge and juggling which bills to pay. Then his mom passed away and all of the bills came due. […]

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Long-time BEDS volunteer says giving back is truly rewarding

Long-time BEDS volunteer says giving back is truly rewarding

BEDS volunteer and site coordinator Pat Steck has been helping out during the first shift at St. Francis during the emergency shelter season for nearly 20 years now. What started as a way to give back to the community has turned into the most rewarding experience for Pat, who lives […]

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