Marie Newman, Illinois 3rd Congressional District candidate, recently stopped by our newly opened consolidated shelter in Oak Lawn to get an in-person look at our operations. The shelter models our consolidated shelter in Brookfield and is operated in partnership with Respond Now. About 15 clients are currently staying at the Oak Lawn shelter, taking an active role in maintaining the shelter site and helping with daily chores.
BEDS Executive Director Tina Rounds talked with Marie Newman about our COVID-19 response, how the consolidated shelters operate, volunteer needs, affordable housing and more.
In response to COVID-19, BEDS Plus Care is doing everything possible to protect its communities, clients, volunteers and staff. The health and safety of volunteers, clients, and employees is always a top priority for BEDS, and never more so than now.
BEDS is helping about 250 of our most vulnerable clients through the COVID-19 pandemic. They included veterans; domestic violence survivors; and people with chronic health conditions, behavioral health conditions, and/or disabilities. The ongoing pandemic puts BEDS clients at increased risk and will lead to more people experiencing homeless from reduced work hours and layoffs.