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PADS partners with Faith Communities throughout the south and southwest suburbs for the use of their facilities as homeless shelters. These shelters are staffed with volunteers from local Faith Communities, members of fraternal, civic and social organizations, as well as individuals from the surrounding communities. PADS provides the operational structure, supplemental volunteer support and supportive services such as medical, mental and substance abuse referrals, financial literacy instruction, employment readiness training, resume development and job search skills, homeless prevention programs, housing assistance programs and various life-skills training programs.
Compassion, hospitality and dignity are key characteristics of the PADS programs.
Since 1990, more than 7,750 men and women have combined their efforts to carry out the PADS Mission.
- PADS Volunteers have cared for over 6,700 homeless men, women and children.
- PADS Volunteers have hosted 184,563 shelter nights at local churches and synagogues.
- PADS Volunteers have served 573,391 meals to those in need.
- In the last 11 years, PADS Daytime has helped 3,400 adults find work.
PADS is a network of participating partners (mostly churches and other faith-based institutions) who provide space on a rotating basis to shelter men, women, and children. The participating partner we’ve working with presently is the Southwest Alliance Korean Church in Palos Hills, IL. Volunteer opportunities, however, can be coordinated through Dawn Thrasher at the PADS main office.
Volunteers should be mature and responsible.
The video below is not about SSPADS, but rather the Lake County chapter. Just the same, it offers some perspective on the services they provide.