A heartfelt thank you to the students at Ogden Avenue School! The sixth-grade class coordinated a donation drive to benefits BEDS as its service project. Fun facts – 96 sixth-grade students collected four carloads of necessary shelter supplies over the past month! More than $1,000 in gift cards were collected. […]
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 […]
Week One (3/15/20 – 3/21/20) While we work to keep our clients and communities safe, our friends have stepped forward to share what they have. We’ve received hundreds of foodstuffs, cleaning supplies, and games. Additionally: A shelter client donated $15 with the first check from his new bank account. A […]
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 […]
Illinois and a growing number of states have instructed residents stay at home, which leaves people experiencing homelessness with fewer and fewer places to go. Many describe the pandemic and its effects as unprecedented. Your support will make a difference by keeping our clients and communities safer. Homelessness has always […]
Pioneer Press reporter Kimberly Fornek reports on how BEDS Plus is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes that have been made to the overnight emergency shelter program as a result. Click here to read more.
Daily Southtown reporter Zak Koeske reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting organizations that serve the homeless, including BEDS Plus. Click here to read more.
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 […]
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 […]
Like in any research and/or professional field, descriptions of homelessness and homeless services can seem filled with jargon. It helps academics, professionals, agencies, funders, and government bodies stay on the same page, but it can confuse everyone else (who, naturally, are in other fields with their own jargon). We’re putting […]