Volunteers vital to our work

Volunteers vital to our work

BEDS was founded by a committed group of La Grange area residents. They did not have any formal human services training; they simply saw people living outdoors and decided to act. We started as a weekly shelter in an area faith-based organization. Other faith-based organizations soon joined in, bringing new groups […]

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Housing gives BEDS client a fresh start

Housing gives BEDS client a fresh start

Congratulations to Michael! Michael was recently housed after previously living out of his car and staying in shelters. He had struggled with drug use in the past but worked with his case workers to get into counseling. Michael has been sober for two years now and is grateful to those […]

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Community Partnership: BEDS and the city of Berwyn

Community Partnership: BEDS and the city of Berwyn

Community partnerships are important in the effort to treat and prevent homelessness. Berwyn Police Department Community Relations Officer Juan Macias talks about how the city’s partnership with BEDS helps Berwyn respond to those experiencing homelessness and keeps police patrol out on the streets in service. The Street Outreach team at […]

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For Women’s History Month, Remember Women Experiencing Homelessness

For Women’s History Month, Remember Women Experiencing Homelessness

March marks Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Alliance set this year’s theme of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” which pays “tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also [recognizes] the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided […]

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Diversion as an approach to homelessness

Diversion as an approach to homelessness

Hi everyone. I’m Joann Boblick, Manager of Stabilization Services. That encompasses a lot, but I basically help people who are struggling to remain in their homes stay in them. I want to talk about one of the new ways we do this: a strategy known as Diversion. Cook County has […]

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History of systemic racism creates housing inequities

History of systemic racism creates housing inequities

Dear BEDS Plus Care Supporter: Over the past five years, our service area has doubled; our client population has grown by five times; and the people we serve have diversified. COVID-19 and its socioeconomic effects fomented another surge of people experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness throughout our service […]

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Meet Street Outreach team member Jack Rudzinski

Meet Street Outreach team member Jack Rudzinski

Jack Rudzinski loves the hands-on nature of the work he does at BEDS. Jack started out working with the Food Rescue program in the fall and helped to deliver meals to clients temporarily sheltered in area motels. He later joined the Street Outreach team and now gets to work more […]

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The past two years have changed all our lives

The past two years have changed all our lives

The past two years have changed all our lives. For some the loss went beyond jobs or the freedom to shop without a mask. For these two families, they lost precious family members and nearly lost their housing as a result. Tameisha lost her son in 2020 to COVID-19. I […]

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