BEDS Faith-based Partnerships: First Congregational Church of Western Springs

BEDS Faith-based Partnerships: First Congregational Church of Western Springs

First Congregational Church of Western Springs is a long-time supporter of BEDS Plus. The church supports BEDS and our programs through its mission programs as well as its Woman’s Society. Church volunteers over the years have worked summer shelter shifts, provided meals and provided transportation. Their support is essential to […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing: Jonah’s move-in day

Permanent Supportive Housing: Jonah’s move-in day

After experiencing homelessness for four years, Jonah now has a place to call home. He connected with BEDS while living out of his car. We were able to help Jonah find housing through our Permanent Supportive Housing program, which pairs case management with support services to help our clients stabilize […]

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Volunteers vital to our work

Volunteers vital to our work

BEDS was founded by a committed group of La Grange area residents. They did not have any formal human services training; they simply saw people living outdoors and decided to act. We started as a weekly shelter in an area faith-based organization. Other faith-based organizations soon joined in, bringing new groups […]

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Housing gives BEDS client a fresh start

Housing gives BEDS client a fresh start

Congratulations to Michael! Michael was recently housed after previously living out of his car and staying in shelters. He had struggled with drug use in the past but worked with his case workers to get into counseling. Michael has been sober for two years now and is grateful to those […]

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Community Partnership: BEDS and the city of Berwyn

Community Partnership: BEDS and the city of Berwyn

Community partnerships are important in the effort to treat and prevent homelessness. Berwyn Police Department Community Relations Officer Juan Macias talks about how the city’s partnership with BEDS helps Berwyn respond to those experiencing homelessness and keeps police patrol out on the streets in service. The Street Outreach team at […]

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For Women’s History Month, Remember Women Experiencing Homelessness

For Women’s History Month, Remember Women Experiencing Homelessness

March marks Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Alliance set this year’s theme of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” which pays “tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also [recognizes] the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided […]

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Meet Street Outreach team member Jack Rudzinski

Meet Street Outreach team member Jack Rudzinski

Jack Rudzinski loves the hands-on nature of the work he does at BEDS. Jack started out working with the Food Rescue program in the fall and helped to deliver meals to clients temporarily sheltered in area motels. He later joined the Street Outreach team and now gets to work more […]

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Rapid Rehousing program aims to quickly get clients back on their feet

Rapid Rehousing program aims to quickly get clients back on their feet

Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Beth Kulpinski loves to see clients like Montario succeed. Beth, who has worked at BEDS for almost two years, helped Montario get back on his feet after he experienced homelessness due to losing his job during the pandemic. Montario was housed about a year ago and […]

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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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