COVID-19 makes the homeless even more vulnerable

COVID-19 makes the homeless even more vulnerable

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 […]

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Meet Stabilization Coordinator Miriam Martinez

Meet Stabilization Coordinator Miriam Martinez

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 […]

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Meet Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Ben Pershey

Meet Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Ben Pershey

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 […]

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Homeless Services Glossary

Homeless Services Glossary

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 […]

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Soup & Bread event a smashing success!

Soup & Bread event a smashing success!

I love to cook.  Cooking soup is one of the best ways to use extra stuff in my refrigerator or garden.  Nearly a decade ago, I came across a story about a successful community event at The Hideout, a bar in Chicago, that invited customers to share soup and day-old […]

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Christmas morning comes early for BEDS clients

Christmas morning comes early for BEDS clients

This year, Christmas morning came early for some BEDS Plus clients. Wrapped presents were stacked on tables, too many to fit under a tree. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, baked goods and more tempted and then filled hungry stomachs. Spirits were festive, and big smiles could be seen on faces […]

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Simple act of kindness inspires drawing

Simple act of kindness inspires drawing

Sometimes, a stranger’s simple act of kindness is all it takes to turn a day around. BEDS client Karl was recently touched by the generosity and genuine concern that Silvermoon Salon owner Kelly Douglas showed him and other BEDS clients at the salon that day for haircuts. Karl said Kelly […]

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