BEDS Gives Thanks
Dear Friends of BEDS Plus, 

During this year of uncertainty, my appreciation for our faithful community of supporters has deepened.  Thank you for all the ways you have continued to support our mission during this challenging time.  Enjoy the moments with your family, however you celebrate this Thanksgiving and year-end holidays.  I look forward to a time when we can again gather and serve together, very soon.

Gratefully, 
Tina Rounds
Executive Director
BEDS Plus
Warm up with this fall favorite of mine and think happy thoughts about our upcoming Soup & Bread event!

Butternut Squash Soup (inspired by Ina Garten)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 4 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper 
  • 6 pounds butternut squash 
  • 3 pounds sweet apples
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups of chicken stock

Warm the butter in a large stockpot over low heat. Add the onions and curry powder and cook, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.

Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of stock to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 60 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Use an emulsion blender to break down the chunks of apples & squash.

Add the apple juice and last two cups of stock; it should be slightly sweet with a kick at the end. Add salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, roasted pumpkin seeds and a pinch of cayenne. 
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Artists Sunday! Click the link below to read more about local artist and BEDS volunteer, Rebecca Russow. Rebecca missed being able to volunteer in person at BEDS when the COVID-19 pandemic hit but turned to her artwork instead as a way to make a difference and help BEDS in its mission. https://beds-plus.org/beds-volunteer-rebecca-russow-launches-artwork-fundraiser/
 

An extra-alarm fire Sunday evening in Justice displaced multiple residents. BEDS is responding to the families who were displaced by the fire. Our prevention team is currently working with the Red Cross and village to assist with rehousing. If you or someone you know needs help, call BEDS at (708) 354-0858 and ask for the prevention team. Click here to read news coverage of the fire: https://patch.com/illinois/oaklawn/extra-alarm-fire-rages-through-justice-apartment-building
 

BEDS Executive Director Tina Rounds in a blog post discusses program delivery during COVID-19. The pandemic has meant that we have had to quickly modify our operations. The homeless, and especially those living outside, are a particularly vulnerable group and at increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19. From mid-March through the end of July, BEDS delivered 12,506 nights of emergency shelter to 234 clients and provided 37,518 meals in the first months of our response to the COVID-19 crisis. We have expanded our street outreach efforts in anticipation of the growing need within suburban Cook County. Click here to read more: https://beds-plus.org/a-message-from-executive-director-tina-rounds-about-our-covid-19-response/
 

BEDS Bulletin! Those having trouble making rent across the U.S. have assumed they were protected by eviction moratoriums and bans. But USA Today reports that some landlords are skirting COVID-19 eviction moratoriums, pushing some renters into homelessness. "If a landlord truly wants to evict someone, you know they can find a reason," said Andrew Aurand, vice president for research at the National Low Income Housing Coalition. "The real concern is what happens in January if we don't find a rental solution and the 30 to 40 million people that again will be at risk for eviction." Click here to read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/11/20/landlords-use-intimidation-tricks-push-renters-out-amid-pandemic/6284752002/
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9th Annual Soup & Bread Event

Many years ago I was homeless. . . BEDS is special to me because I've been there." -Linda Sokol Francis.

Linda, a successful financial advisor whose philanthropy is well known in the western suburbs, was homeless at 18. She believes in BEDS because she knows first-hand what our shelter and supportive services mean to someone who is homeless.

Join Linda in supporting BEDS 9th Annual Soup & Bread fundraiser, which will be held virtually on January 31, 2021 at 3pm. We can't gather in person this year, but we can gather in spirit. Visit our Soup & Bread page to learn how you can help.

The need is great.