BEDS, Inc.

EVERYONE deserves a home of their own.

aka BEDS Plus Care, Inc.   |   LaGrange, IL   |  www.beds-plus.org

Mission

Our mission is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Tina Rounds

Main address

9601 Ogden Avenue

LaGrange, IL 60525 USA

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EIN

36-3741040

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homelessness is caused by two things: lack of affordable housing and the complex array of deficits generated by poverty, limited education and poor health. For people whose housing costs exceed more than a third of their income, homelessness is one medical crisis or job loss away. What most people don't realize is that more poor people live in suburbs than in cities today. Suburban homelessness is on the rise. BEDS Plus Care offers shelter for people who are literally homeless, giving them a warm and safe place to stay, meals and the opportunity to work with a case manager to address the problems that led to homelessness. BEDS provides housing assistance and safety net support to help them back on their feet. BEDS helps people who face the immediate threat of homelessness to keep their homes and avoid the downward spiral of becoming homeless. And BEDS provides permanent supportive housing to those who are simply unable to live independently.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Overnight Shelter

BEDS Plus operates a low barrier, rotating shelter system with a capacity of 80 beds per night at 14 locations in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Count of all clients served, regardless of services.

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Overnight Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals who entered emergency shelter and exited to housing

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Overnight Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Larger shelter sites available in 2019 that expanded the number of beds available on any given night to 80 from 70.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2017 increase reflects strategic investment of greater case management and financial assistance resources in Fiscal Year 2016-17, based on response to client needs.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of clients receiving services and referrals for mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. 2017 increase driven by shelter system expansion from 35 to 70 beds/night.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Overnight Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increase in 2017 reflects expansion of emergency overnight shelter system in Fiscal Year 2016/17

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

BEDS provides lunch and snacks at two Daytime Support Centers, provides hot dinner, breakfast and bagged lunch to shelter clients, and participates in food rescue to address needs of housed clients.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our MISSION is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services.

We provide a comprehensive range of services, which include emergency overnight shelters, daytime support centers, rapid rehousing services, and transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities, and partner with a range of healthcare and social support service providers to meet our clients’ individual needs.

Our GOALS are to:
• Reduce and end homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County
• Connect our clients with affordable housing and successfully reintegrate them back into the community.
• Make our communities stronger and safer for everyone

Our OBJECTIVES are to:
• Successfully and efficiently deliver services that stabilize individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness or literally homeless
• Reintegrate homeless individuals and families back into their communities as contributing members.

Our VISION is to end homelessness.

BEDS Plus Care follows the proven strategies identified by decades of research conducted by HUD and independent research conducted by housing advocates and academics.

In 2012, BEDS adopted a Housing First strategy, transforming the agency from primarily a local provider of emergency overnight shelter to a regional partner delivering the entire spectrum of services to reduce and end homelessness. These include Rapid Rehousing, which emphasizes housing as the first step in treating homelessness, accompanied by safety net supports, to move people to independence. Permanent Supportive Housing recognizes the needs of highly vulnerable homeless who cannot live independently and rely disproportionately on emergency services for their needs. Transitional Housing helps people, such as victims of domestic violence, who need a year of intense support before they are ready to succeed in Rapid Housing. Homelessness Prevention stops the harm caused by homelessness before it starts.

We have successfully secured a healthy mix of public and private support to strategically add staff and implement best practices in ending and preventing homelessness. As a result, BEDS has been able to help more clients each year; the number of clients served annually has grown exponentially since 2012 when BEDS was still primarily a homeless shelter organization. In our last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, we served 920 clients and secured permanent housing for 152 households.

Expansion of our Emergency Overnight Shelter System in 2017 from 7 to 19 shelters and capacity to shelter 60 guests per night - twice our prior capacity.

Opening of a purpose built permanent supportive housing unit, Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing, with 20 single occupancy units for chronically homeless, highly vulnerable adults.

Acquisition of transitional housing stock, LaGrange Area Transitional Housing, dedicated to low income, housing insecure families with a child who has a disability.

Acquisition of a new single site permanent supportive housing building that will add 13 units to the current stock of 50 single and scattered site housing units.

In all, our efforts have meant that 920 clients, the largest number to date, are benefiting from shelter services, safety net supports, and housing assistance and individualized case management - a substantial contribution to reducing and ending homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Program exit interviews,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The need for readily accessible mental health services was identified by clients. In 2019 the agency launched a partnership with The Cognitive Clinic, a small, socially-conscious practice in one of our communities to provide individual and group services at a shelter location. During COVID19 the Clinic arranged telehealth appointments for counseling.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BEDS, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Laubacher

Silver Birch Living - Affordable Housing

Term: 2018 - 2019

Susan Valentine, J.D.

Valentine & Bueschel

Janet Dahl, J.D.

Community Activist

Richard Hillsman

Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, Fifth Third Bank, Retired

Nick Furio

Marketing Consultant, James Hardie Company

Bonnie Hampton

Owner/Managing Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Service

Isabel Noth, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Public Health, UIC

Meredith Onion, M.Div.

Associate Minister, First Congregational Church of Western Springs

Rick Rius

Senior Business Development Officer, Radiant Logic

David Schwartz, J.D.

Partner, PFS Attorneys at Law

Gilbert Vega

Operations Manager, SpringCM

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data