Tyson Foods Intern Max Eckardt discusses his BEDS experience

BEDS would like to thank Tyson Foods Intern Max Eckardt for a job well done this summer! Max focused on food and serious need for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. He collected food from area donors for our BEDS locations. Watch the video to hear Max talk […]

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Ace Hardware volunteers get to work at BEDS

Ace Hardware really is the helpful place – a group of volunteers recently spent three days on site at BEDS locations helping with a shelter move, cleaning and stocking a shelter and sprucing up the Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing facility. BEDS would like to thank the Ace Hardware Foundation for […]

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Bureaucratic barriers often cause homeless to refuse outreach

Bureaucratic barriers often cause homeless to refuse outreach

When BEDS client John S. finally moved into his apartment this March, he breathed a sigh of relief. After about a year in shelter, John decided to work with BEDS to find permanent housing. The process took almost nine months. “My mattress is so much better than that pad on […]

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Homeless seniors reaching crisis point

Homeless seniors reaching crisis point

Last year, BEDS Plus saw a surge in older clients. We reached 120 people aged 62 and older, the largest number and largest percent — 13% — of seniors ever helped in a year. This was four times the 5-year average of 30 seniors helped in a year. We served

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Thank you, Ogden Avenue School!

Thank you, Ogden Avenue School!

We are so proud of the sixth-grade students at Ogden Avenue School for organizing a donation drive for BEDS for their service project! Students at the school collected gift cards, paper towels, toilet paper and so many other items for our clients. The sixth-grade students also wrote letters of

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Busting the myths around homelessness

Busting the myths around homelessness

BEDS Plus, like most homeless service agencies, confronts common stereotypes. They make it easy to blame individuals for their homelessness, ignore them and their needs, and oppose changes that would improve their lives.  We’d like to deconstruct a few of the common misperceptions:

“They’re criminals.” People

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Domestic violence often leaves survivors homeless and without support

Domestic violence often leaves survivors homeless and without support

As a homeless services case worker, I’ve come to face an ugly truth: people fleeing domestic violence often become homeless. Abusers cut off access to family, friends, and financial resources, leaving survivors with no place to go or basis to rebuild their lives. Those who leave can stay in

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