Mission: South suburban pads (public action to deliver shelter) is an inter-faith program providing shelter and supportive services to homeless persons. Compassion, hospitality, and dignity are key characteristics of the pads program.
Programs: Overnight program - providing warm, secure overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality at local churches and synagogues on a rotating basis.
homeless prevention - to financially assist a family with rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance, or other short-term solutions that can solve a family's crisis.
homeless healthcare - collaboration between south suburban pads, the major south suburban hospitals, medical centers, area colleges and universities, and volunteer medical professionals which provides free primary care medical services to people that are homeless.
other programs to help support and aid the homeless. Project wish - various partnerships with other agencies that focus on special medical, mental health, and housing needs of pads guests through on-site services and transitional housing. Daytime program - supportive service guests can participate in a variety of self-improvement and enrichment programs. The program also provides ongoing case management services, ombudsmen counseling, and ged and vocational training classes.
I came to South Suburban PADS in 2011 seeking shelter and housing assistance. Not only was I provided with emergency shelter, I also received help with job skills, employment search, and receipt of benefits such as SNAP and TANF. Case management helps me achieve personal and PADS goals that lead to self-sufficiency. After a short 4 months, I was housed via Families First Transitional Housing program. This organization has helped me and my family tremendously and continues to offer support.