Erin Molek: Why I Give

Erin Molek: Why I Give

She was referred to as the woman in the red coat but I knew her as Joan. She was an everyday presence in our community: a small, slight lady who was very timid, kept to herself and spent her days walking the sidewalks of La Grange with her roller suitcase. […]

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Meet BEDS Superhero, Joann Boblick

Meet BEDS Superhero, Joann Boblick

During National Superheroes Month, we celebrate our staff! Meet Manager of Stabilization Services Joann Boblick. Joann, a long-time member of the BEDS community, helps people who are struggling to remain in their homes stay in them. “The goal of these (prevention and stabilization) programs is to prevent people from ever […]

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BEDS Special Bulletin: Food Rescue

BEDS Special Bulletin: Food Rescue

People experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness struggle to maintain a healthy diet, which has grown even more difficult during COVID-19. BEDS has expanded its Food Rescue program to reach a growing number of “food insecure” clients. Let’s learn more.   How Are Food Insecurity and Homelessness Related? People […]

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A special thank you to our meal team volunteers

A special thank you to our meal team volunteers

During National Superheroes Month, we celebrate our volunteers! Our work isn’t possible without the help of volunteers, who assist with meal deliveries, shelter, support center tasks and more. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteers helped to donate and deliver more than 40,000 individual meals. We are incredibly grateful for our […]

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Summit Service Center plans featured in Chicago Tribune article

Summit Service Center plans featured in Chicago Tribune article

In its recent article on homelessness during COVID-19 and lessons learned, the Chicago Tribune discussed how BEDS is raising money for the Summit Service Center, a fixed-site shelter modeled after college dorms. The 24-bed facility in a renovated bank is expected to handle 50 to 75 people per year, with […]

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A day on the job with our Food Rescue team

A day on the job with our Food Rescue team

BEDS Emergency Services Coordinator Sue Dever talks about a day in the life of our Food Rescue program. It takes a dedicated team of donors, staff and volunteers to prepare meals for delivery to our clients. Our Food Rescue program saves more than 1,400 pounds of food per month that […]

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Meet BEDS Superhero, Erin Molek

Meet BEDS Superhero, Erin Molek

During National Superheroes Month, we celebrate our staff! Meet Erin Molek, Community Engagement Coordinator. Erin first got involved with BEDS about seven years ago when she started volunteering. Throughout the years, Erin has helped grow the Food Rescue program at BEDS and also has worked to engage the community in […]

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Meet BEDS Superhero, Sue Dever

Meet BEDS Superhero, Sue Dever

During National Superheroes Month, we celebrate our staff! Meet Sue Dever, Emergency Services Coordinator. Sue started out as a volunteer at BEDS back in 2014, when she and her teenage son had signed up to work an emergency overnight shelter shift. She became more and more involved as a volunteer […]

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Brookfield Elks, Tischler’s partner to aid BEDS Plus clients

Brookfield Elks, Tischler’s partner to aid BEDS Plus clients

Riverside/Brookfield Landmark reporter Jackie Pisano wrote about the partnership between the Brookfield Elks and grocer Tischlers Finer Foods to provide food to BEDS clients. The food basket donations, part of the Match a Meal program, have helped to feed more than 100 people so far. Click here to read more. […]

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The Eviction Crisis

The Eviction Crisis

America faces an eviction outbreak that could reach pandemic proportions. The CDC eviction moratorium expires on March 31, and Illinois’ moratorium ends three days later on April 3. Immediately afterward, tenants face eviction, trying to find housing with eviction records, and homelessness. (For their part, landlords face foreclosures, asset seizures, […]

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