BEDS January 2021 eNewsletter
Match a Meal program

This month, the Rotary Club of Moraine Valley is matching donations added to your receipt at El Gallo de Oro in Worth as part of our Match a Meal program. Add a donation of $2 or more to your El Gallo de Oro receipt and the Rotary Club will match up to $500! Click here to find out more.

A special thank you to Glen Kato of Cusack Insurance in Oak Lawn for organizing the Match a Meal program!
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We are so happy for Willie, who was recently housed! Willie had been homeless for about five years when he learned about BEDS amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He was sheltered temporarily in an area motel after calling the crisis line for help. Known for his big smile, Willie could hardly contain his excitement when he moved into his new apartment that came stocked with essentials such as furniture, dishes, cookware, cleaning supplies and more. "He's extremely grateful," said caseworker Jim Gilbert. "What he loves about BEDS is how responsive we were."

BEDS Bulletin! The stimulus packaged signed into law last month includes $25 billion for renters who are struggling amid the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The national ban on evictions was extended through January as well. "While this is a critical start, these provisions will not end the eviction crisis and will not help all renters who desperately need rental assistance to protect their families from harm," said Emily Benfer, a visiting law professor at Wake Forest University.

Congratulations to Director of Supportive Housing Javon Harris and Street Outreach team member Zac Catrambone, who received a certificate of appreciation on behalf of BEDS Plus from the Illinois Department of Human Services. BEDS was recognized for its work on the 2020 Census. Javon and Zac helped get the word out, coordinate efforts and increase the amount of people who participated in the census count!

Soup's on Sunday! Mmm, mmm, delicious! We will share a new soup recipe every Sunday until our virtual Soup & Bread Event on Jan. 31. This week, we are featuring Taste of Home magazine's Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup, a favorite of long-time BEDS supporter and volunteer Shawn Erickson from Erickson Plumbing. Shawn has been a BEDS volunteer for many years and has provided many meals as well as shelf stable items during the COVID-19 pandemic. Erickson Plumbing is our Soup & Bread Spoon Sponsor. Click here for the recipe:

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Soup & Bread Event
Our virtual Soup & Bread event will be streaming live on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and we hope you will join us! We've shared stories from clients like Ken, who found help from strangers at BEDS when he needed it the most, and Laura, who was able to get a fresh start for her family when she turned to BEDS for help. We have also shared a personal story from long-time supporter Linda Sokol Francis, who explained how important places like BEDS are to those experiencing homelessness. Can we count on you for your support?

Consider starting a crowdfunding page on social media - raise $500 and provide one month of apartment-based shelter for one homeless family.

Crowdfund donors are entered into the 9th Annual Soup & Bread Raffle! Prizes include: 50" LG Flat Screen Smart TV; Mac Duggal Designer Gown; Classic Super Bowl Package - Da Bears; College Bowl Package - Northwestern Wildcats; assorted dining packages; and, a Gift Card Grab Bag. 5 raffle entries per crowdfund donation of $25; 30 per donation of $100. (Limit of 100 entries per donor.)