BEDS Plus Care Newsletter: Nov. 10, 2021
It's a Wonderful Life Pop-up Bar Returns
to Joe's Saloon to Benefit BEDS
Mark your calendars and get your tickets today! The It's a Wonderful Life Pop-up Bar returns to Joe's Saloon, 9220 47th Street in Brookfield, for two nights in December. Ticket sales are now open for the event, which will be held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. This special event is brought to you by Compassion United Methodist Church, 9210 Broadway in Brookfield, and benefits BEDS Plus Care.

Experience Martini's and Nick's. Come dressed as your favorite character. There will be movie re-enactments, Clarence's signature drink, raffles and more! A limited number of event tickets will be sold - only 150 per night. BEDS follows CDC COVID-19 guidelines for group gatherings.

Each night will offer a chance to win incredible raffle prizes - three $1,000 cash prizes and five $500 cash prizes. Only 1,200 raffle tickets will be sold. Winners will be drawn each night at the conclusion of the movie.

Event tickets are $60 - limit four per person. Ticket price includes light snacks and a full open bar. Tickets will be sold at the door, if available, for $75.

Purchase tickets and find out more about the event here. Click here to purchase raffle tickets. Raffle tickets also can be purchased in person at Joe's Saloon or at BEDS, 9601 E. Ogden Ave. in La Grange.

Sponsorship opportunities available.
Third Annual Homeless Person's Memorial Service
Remembers Those Whose Lives Were Lost
We hope you were able to join us for our third annual Homeless Person's Memorial Service. The virtual service was organized by Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange. Held on All Saints' Day, the service featured a short sermon and acknowledgement of those who died last year while homeless or in our program.
Adopt a Family This Holiday Season

Help BEDS brighten the lives of the vulnerable individuals and families we assist in our community. Click here to find a family to sponsor. Gifts should be delivered wrapped, with the assigned number given at sign-up, to 9601 E. Ogden Avenue from Dec. 1-11. The entrance is off of East Avenue. Please record your donation in our log book at the front desk so we can thank you! For additional questions, please contact Jennifer Tudor or 708-354-0858 ext 111.

Our partners at the Rotary Club of La Grange need volunteers for their 21st annual Pilgrim Pie Run fundraiser, held at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. They've been longtime friends and most recently supported our COVID emergency response and Summit Service Center campaign. We cannot do our work without community organizations like them; you can help us say thanks by volunteering. Contact them at
In Case You Missed It on Facebook
BEDS Bulletin! Maria Foscarinis, founder and executive director of the National Homelessness Law Center, opined in The Hill that Congress must include substantial, transformative funding increases for housing for the poorest Americans. Without stable housing, she said their chances of success are diminished. Foscarinis said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the life-threatening consequences of the absence of a home and its implications for entire communities. "The housing investments in Build Back Better have the potential to end homelessness and stem its tide. They would save and transform lives while also saving taxpayer dollars," she said.

The La Grange Highlands Women's Club is hosting two fundraisers in November to benefit BEDS, its charity of the year! The first is a Panera fundraiser to benefit BEDS Plus from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Visit the Willowbrook Panera at 7165 Kingery Highway and show the flyer below or order online with the code PRFUND at checkout. 20% of total net sales will be donated to BEDS! The La Grange Highlands Woman's Club also hosting its first annual Soup-Tastic Saturday in November! Place your soup order online at by Nov. 12 for pickup on Nov. 20 at La Grange Highlands Middle School from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Choose from FOUR outstanding homemade soups, including Chicken & Dumpling, Pasta Fagioli, Vegetable or Chili PLUS your choice of dessert (chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, brownies and gluten-free brownies).

We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Healthy Communities Foundation for its renewed support. The community-led foundation serves a 27 zip-code region in Chicago and the western Cook County suburbs. Through its grantmaking, Healthy Communities Foundation works to strengthen the local health ecosystem by working with and learning from health equity leaders and their organizations. The foundation aims to meet immediate and emergent community health and wellness needs for residents, especially those underserved and underinsured, while catalyzing long-term systems change to address root causes of health inequities and health barriers.

Congratulations to TJ, who recently started a new career at Plymouth Place. TJ reached out to his case manager after losing his job in the food services industry, worried he might fall behind on rent. The COVID-19 pandemic placed increased demand on essential workers like TJ, who has developmental disabilities and was unable to meet that pressure and was subsequently let go. Together, TJ and his case manager completed a work assessment and started to work with our Employment Specialist Bill Burke to find jobs that TJ would be successful and thrive in. Bill helped find TJ a career through a new partnership with senior living facility Plymouth Place, an all-inclusive work environment that employs individuals who have special needs like TJ. Plymouth Place is truly compassionate about providing long-term employment and stability. We couldn't be happier about this new partnership and new opportunity for TJ, who is thrilled to be back in the workforce!

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