Connecting Those Living on the Street with Shelter, Services and Housing
BEDS Plus Street Outreach program creates a bridge to resources for people who are living on the street.
Four Street Outreach Workers, including three former clients who know homelessness first-hand, work with the Emergency Services Team to visit known places where homeless congregate in each of the municipalities BEDS serves. Local police contact the Team when they encounter someone in need of help.
No one is required to engage with BEDS services. Street Outreach Workers provide food, basic need items, and medical referrals to mitigate the harm of living rough. Unsheltered individuals are encouraged to accept shelter and supportive services. Contact continues indefinitely, sometimes for years.
The BEDS Plus Emergency Services team:
Mario Avila, Manager of Street Outreach
Flo Breitbarth, Manager of Shelter Operations
Zac Catrambone, Lead Street Outreach Worker
Sue Dever, Operations Specialist
Omar Espitia, Lead Shelter Case Manager
Chris Hart, Family Shelter Case Manager
Robert LeGrande, Street Outreach Worker
Ulmon Thomas, Street Outreach Worker
Page Tyson, Emergency Services Coordinator
“It’s been a huge resource for the village and the police department. Manager of Emergency Services and Outreach Mario Avila doesn't hesitate to get out there. He's really compassionate about what he does and he does his best to get these people (into shelter).”
— Gerald Vetter, Division Chief of Investigations at the Oak Lawn Police Department