BEDS volunteer Rebecca Russow knew she wanted to help BEDS when the COVID-19 pandemic hit but helping at shelter was simply no longer an option. So Rebecca decided to get creative and turned to her artwork as a way to help BEDS instead. Rebecca said she has missed seeing her […]
This year has been a year unlike any other in our 30-year history. Similar to all businesses, we have had to quickly modify our operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of our communities, we are doing our best under these very stressful circumstances. The mission at […]
People experiencing homelessness live an average of 20 years less than their peers. They are at much higher risk of chronic Illnesses, like hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary disease, cancer, tuberculosis, influenza, and other respiratory infections. With the onset of the pandemic, University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that people experiencing homelessness […]
Please join us for a virtual Homeless Persons’ Memorial service organized by Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange. Held on All Saints’ Day, the service features a short sermon and acknowledgement of those who died last year while homeless or in our program. This is the second annual memorial service […]
Learn more about our 2020 rental assistance program, including what information you need to apply for help. A special thank you to Bill Fogarty for producing this video gratis for BEDS.
Illinois’ eviction moratorium was due to expire on August 22nd, but it has been renewed until September 19th (as it has each month since April). The executive order prevents economically vulnerable households, who may have taken pay cuts, been furloughed, or been laid off, from being evicted during the pandemic. […]
Daily Southtown reporter Susan DeGrane recently wrote about the work of Grace Seeds Ministry to empower volunteer growers to supply local food pantries. Grace Seeds Ministry works with BEDS Plus to operate a garden at the Ogden Supportive Housing Facility that is maintained by the clients who live there. Click […]
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. […]
Our work provides an unique vantage point on racial inequity. We see the toll that brutal inequalities have exacted on our country, communities and clients. It is unconscionable that: Black people make up 40 percent of the homeless population compared to 13 percent of the total population. They are overrepresented in every state. Last year, 41 percent […]
Joe Boyle of The Reporter writes about the efforts of BEDS Plus to provide shelter and support for individuals who are homeless or dealing with poverty and other issues during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.