Bed shortage approaches desperate levels for organization helping the homeless

Almost every day, bridging volunteers and workers load trucks and set up about twenty households for people moving out of homelessness.

Bridging Community Relations coordinator Diana Dalsin says current bedding is driving her desperate public appeal.

“Right where we are now with COVID,” says Dalsin. “We’ve been around for 20 months and the supply chain caught up with us.”

Dalsin says individual donations, which make up about 70% of inventory, have slowed significantly. “Everyone cleared items from their homes at the beginning of the pandemic. That won’t happen now. “

The other 30% of Bridging’s offering comes from the hospitality industry and corporate partners. However, hotels that typically renovate, buy new mattresses and box spring beds, and send used ones to Bridging, have a break with this typical revenue due to supply chain challenges.

“We’re where the retailers we work with are great, can’t get their hands on foam, coils, and steel,” says Dalsin. “If you don’t buy a new bed, they can’t make it, you can’t get the new shipment, which means they can’t give us the used exchange that we would normally get.”

Between Bridging’s two locations in Roseville and Bloomington, at least 175 mattresses and 175 box spring beds are required per week. The current daily count has shown a steady decline since September.

“The reality is that we need these beds to build the foundation of this home,” says Dalsin.

The supplies of other furniture that make a new house a home are in better shape, but Dalsin says full and queen beds are top priorities right now.

“Now we’re on the next level where we really start screaming and saying, please remember, please tell other people that we need to give other people the opportunity to thrive and sleep well.”


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