Housing alone doesn’t end homelessness

People who come to BEDS Plus Care come for a variety of reasons and from a multitude of situations. Some are seniors who can no longer afford their housing, and others are single-parent, female-headed families escaping domestic violence. Some are simply looking for respite from the elements in an overnight shelter, and others want to find their way back into housing. They are every age, race and ethnicity, with differing abilities.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for homelessness. That’s why BEDS Plus case management is personalized to address the needs and meet the goals of each individual client.

Our clients need everything from food, medicine, shoes and clothing; to help gathering all the documentation required to qualify for housing assistance — a challenge for people without a permanent address who have lost track of their birth certificates, Social Security cards, drivers licenses and other forms of ID; to injection of cash to avoid immediate eviction, to locating an apartment, moving in and setting up a household.  Case managers help clients with all this and so much more.

In addition to service connections and referrals, BEDS has developed its own programs to respond to common client needs.

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Bi-Weekly Health Clinic

Resident physicians from Amita Health’s La Grange and Hinsdale hospitals deliver baseline medical assessments, professional advice, basic healthcare services including vaccinations, and make referrals to Pillars Community Health.
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Mental Health & Wellness Clinic

Postgraduate interns from the Cognitive Clinic, a mental health service provider, operate a free, anonymous Mental Health and Wellness Clinic at Sacred Heart Parish in Palos Hills, one of BEDS largest shelter sites.
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Art Therapy

In partnership with the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, clients can work with credentialed art therapists to develop and realize therapeutic goals, including recovery from trauma, through the creation of art projects.
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Employment Support Group

A member of the BEDS Board who founded an employment agency conducts a support group to help participating clients develop interview and workplace etiquette skills, write a resume and fill out job applications, and use on-line job search tools.
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Financial Literacy

Volunteer bankers and tax professionals coach clients in setting and keeping household budgets; saving for long-term goals and unexpected emergencies; evaluating financial agreements; filing income taxes; responsible use of credit cards; and, other basic skills to establish financial security.
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Legal Clinic

The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless offers an occasional legal clinic providing expert help with disability benefits, tenants’ rights, child support, IDHS denials and other legal concerns of BEDS clients.
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