Volunteering with BEDS is a true passion for Adam Higgins

Our work isn’t possible without volunteers like Adam Higgins and his family, who work the first shift at the St. Hugh’s emergency overnight shelter on the third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. Adam talks about why volunteering with BEDS is a true passion for him. Everyone deserves a home.

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It’s a Wonderful Life Pop-up bar comes to Brookfield

It’s a Wonderful Life Pop-up bar comes to Brookfield

For one night, Bedford Falls and George Bailey come to Brookfield. Don’t miss the It’s a Wonderful Life Pop-up Bar at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th Street, on Friday, Dec. 6. Experience Martini’s and Nick’s. Come dressed as your favorite character or try Clarence’s favorite drink! Actors from the Theatre of […]

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A new beginning

A new beginning

Herb never thought he would experience homelessness and need to reach out for help. But after depleting his savings to care for his sick mom, Herb found himself living on the edge and juggling which bills to pay. Then his mom passed away and all of the bills came due. […]

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A look at homelessness among veterans

A look at homelessness among veterans

This Veterans’ Day, BEDS wants to look at veteran homelessness. Over the last decade, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has made a concerted effort to end veteran homelessness. Since 2009, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has dropped 48.4 percent to 37,878 people. (As with many homelessness statistics, this is […]

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Final thoughts on Domestic Violence Awareness month

Final thoughts on Domestic Violence Awareness month

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to share a thought from Genese Jones-Torrence, Vice President of Crisis Services at SafeNest, a domestic violence shelter network in Nevada: “Housing is safety.” No one chooses to remain in an abusive relationship, but, as we’ve described, the “coercive […]

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Housing is the only way to improve health

Housing is the only way to improve health

You’ve probably seen the California Policy Lab article we’ve shared on the serious health problems and trauma experienced by unsheltered people. The key finding:  The analysis finds that people who are unsheltered are far more likely to report having chronic health conditions, mental health issues, and experiences with trauma and […]

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which grew out of a 1981 “Day of Unity” among domestic violence survivors and activists sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Today, an estimated 20 people per minute experience physical abuse. Domestic violence call centers receive more than 20,000 calls per day. […]

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Long-time BEDS volunteer says giving back is truly rewarding

Long-time BEDS volunteer says giving back is truly rewarding

BEDS volunteer and site coordinator Pat Steck has been helping out during the first shift at St. Francis during the emergency shelter season for nearly 20 years now. What started as a way to give back to the community has turned into the most rewarding experience for Pat, who lives […]

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Summer shelter update

Summer shelter update

As our Winter Shelter Season begins, we want to take a quick look back at the results of our Summer Shelter program. It focuses on individuals who needed more intensive support after the regular shelter season before they could return to housing. It’s a much smaller group than the over […]

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