COVID-19 Response

Updated June 11, 2020

If you need help, call (708) 354-0858

Our emergency response to COVID-19 is entering a new phase, as the state gradually opens.

Throughout the crisis, we followed the best practices for mitigating the spread of the disease among the high-risk homeless people we serve, in the communities where they live, and among our staff, volunteers and donors. We are overwhelmed by the goodwill and generosity of new and old friends, who support our mission to help the most vulnerable members of our communities through housing and supportive services.

We continue to work with people in need on a case-by-case basis to find the best solutions for their situation.  To date, we have sheltered over 235 homeless clients in our consolidated shelters in Oak Lawn and Brookfield and in motel rooms, where we place those at the greatest medical risk.   Of these, we have found permanent housing for 15 and counting!

 

Daytime Support Centers

  • Our Ogden Avenue and Worth Daytime Support Centers are still closed. We hope to reopen in July, barring unforeseen developments.
  • The Ogden Avenue Front Desk and our professional staff are still available 24/7 at (708) 354-0858.
  • Pillars Community Health provides a COVID-19 Coping Help Line at (708) 995-3898.

 

Shelter Operations

  • People who need shelter must call (708) 354-0858.
  • Consolidated summer shelter, operating 24/7, is available at an Oak Lawn location. Space is limited.  Entry to shelter requires medical screening and agreement to adhere to quarantine policy.
  • Pillars Community Health is supplying screening and testing for sheltered and housed clients.
  • We are grateful that none of our shelter clients or staff have contracted the virus to date, thanks to our faithful adherence to disease mitigation practices.
  • A brief video of Marie Newman’s, IL 3rd District, recent visit to the Oak Lawn consolidated shelter to learn about the BEDS Plus emergency response to COVID-19 is available to watch here.

 

Homelessness Prevention and Supportive Housing

  • Case managers continue regular visits with our clients and deliver essential food, medication, and other supplies.
  • We are working to rapidly house our sheltered clients and have successfully moved individuals and families into 15 area apartments, with more in the pipeline, despite the incredible demand on our case management resources throughout this crisis. We never lose sight of housing our clients as our number one goal.

 

SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS

Temporary housing and other costs from the coronavirus pandemic have strained our financial resources. Our response has exceeded $300,000 through the end of May. While our frontline staff and remaining volunteers risk their health to continue operations, you can help the vulnerable individuals and families they serve.

  • CLICK HERE to donate to our COVID-19 response efforts
  • CLICK HERE to donate the goods most needed today

 

Volunteer opportunities are limited to help prepare and deliver meals for the time being.  Please contact volunteer@beds-plus.org for more information.

 

 

The BEDS Plus emergency response to COVID-19 continues to require flexibility to meet evolving needs. Our community has shown abiding support for these efforts.
Our gratitude truly knows no bounds.

We need your support!

Monetary donations can be made here.  Contributions of goods can be made through our Amazon Wish List.  We need microwavable, packaged meals, cereal, and powdered milk for shelter clients who are staying in motels. You can sign up for the BEDS Meal Train by clicking here.

BEDS cannot accept drop-off food donations. Please contact volunteer@beds-plus.org or (708) 354-0858 before donating food.

 

Resources
Pillars Community Health COVID Coping Help Line for those struggling with anxiety-related responses: (708) 995-3898, available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pillars Community Health COVID Medical Line for those with symptoms of the virus: (708) 995-3529, available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

COVID-19 Test Sites

If you are a person making a low income and experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, you can still find help and hope. Our partners may be able to test you and, if you need treatment, help to find it. Check their websites or call for requirements.

  • Amita Health, Hinsdale, La Grange and Bolingbrook. Screening required. Call (855) 692-6482.
  • Aunt Martha’s Harvey Health Outreach Center, 15420 Dixie Highway, Harvey. By appointment only. Call (708) 518-3356.
  • DuPage County site, Route 83 and County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Pre-screening is required. Call (630) 655-8032 for more information.
  • Family Christian Health Center, 31 W. 155th St., Harvey. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Appointment required.
  • National Guard/Illinois Department of Public Health, near Harlem and Irving Park on Forest Preserve Drive. No appointment or registration necessary. Open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pillars Community Health, La Grange. Testing available to anyone who needs it on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointment required. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those who do not have insurance should call (708) 745-5277 to discuss options.
  • IDPH Markham drive-thru site, 3824 W. 159th Place, Markham. No appointment or registration necessary. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 1 Ingalls Dr., Harvey. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointment required. Call (708) 915-2683.
  • Walmart, 2424 West Jefferson, Joliet. Testing offered Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To locate other testing sites in Illinois, click here.

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Our professional case managers are meeting with all Supportive Housing and La Grange Area Transitional Housing clients to share information about the coronavirus and verify that they have essential supplies, including medications. If they develop symptoms, we are instructing them to avoid emergency rooms and call their doctors.

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