9th Annual Soup & Bread
January 31, 2021
Mark your calendars! Soup & Bread will be streaming live on Sunday, January 31, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our ninth annual Soup & Bread fundraiser will be going virtual this year. BEDS Plus and our clients need your support now more than ever.
The January 31st Soup & Bread event will mark the end of a three-month fundraising effort that includes opportunities to support the work of BEDS Plus in a variety of ways:
Form a Team to provide:
- grocery store gift cards ($25 - $50)
- one night in their motel room with a visit from their case manager ($100)
- motel-based shelter for a week ($500)
- one month of apartment-based shelter for one homeless family ($1000)
Make a Personal Donation
- Dining experiences at area restaurants
- Midwest family travel packages
Watch for more!
Linda Sokol Francis, owner of Brookfield Financial Plans, shares her experience of homelessness.
Linda Sokol Francis is known for her philanthropy in Chicago's western suburbs. She has been a loyal friend of BEDS Plus Care for many years, and her personal story provides inspiration and insight into why she has been so generous to BEDS.
BEDS Plus Care and COVID-19
COVID-19 changed how emergency overnight shelter is delivered. Rotating shelter, staffed by volunteers, simply was not viable to mitigate the spread of the virus. Like other organizations that serve people who are homeless, BEDS turned to motel-based shelter to keep those who have no other options off the street, augmented by a single-site, 24-hour group shelter from March through July. With the traditional shelter season under way, we are continuing motel-based shelter with plans in place for a single-site, 24-hour shelter if the CDC and the state again implement severe quarantine restrictions on agencies providing homeless services.
Motel-based shelter lacks amenities and is isolating, serving as little more than a roof over the heads of our most vulnerable homeless clients, mostly those who have disabilities, chronic health conditions, and are seniors. Homeless families are sheltered in apartment units leased by BEDS Plus to provide children with a more home-like environment. Thanks to generous donors, including area restaurants, BEDS has been able to deliver one prepared meal a day to our motel guests; donations of shelf stable items and restaurant gift cards, such as a $5 McDonald’s card, round out the need for meals. BEDS case managers continue to work very closely with clients to find the right housing solution for them.
The 2020-2021 shelter season will continue to present challenges. Motel-based shelter is expensive, even with support from the CARES act. Transportation costs to get clients to medical and other appointments have increased substantially. We are seeing more homeless families and expect this trend to continue with the economic fallout from the COVID19 response. Our working clients typically have low-paying service sector jobs that do not provide health benefits and have seen their hours reduced or their jobs eliminated. Eviction moratoriums are ending; mortgage support is limited.
Please help BEDS Plus Care get through this shelter season successfully.