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.
Dawn Thrasher, the staff Volunteer Coordinator daily coordinates organizing hundreds of volunteers to assist over 30 churches in the south suburbs who provide emergency temporary overnight shelter for over 1200 guests from as far north as Oak Lawn, and as far south as Chicago Heights. Volunteers include food teams who provide dinner, lunch, and/or breakfast, as well as, other volunteers who serve once a month on 1 of 4 two, three or four hour shifts once a month on any given weekday or weekend evening. Volunteers also assist with fundraising through gala events, tag days, annual August Golf Outing at Glenwoodie in Glenwood, and the upcoming Box City Awareness Event on June 22, 2012 at Saint Lawrence O'toole church grounds in Matteson, located near the corner of 214th and Governors Highway at 4pm.
I am a board member and a volunteer. It is the joy of my life to see the men and women who would otherwise be without housing, without food and without clothing come into our shelters. We have also bought into the notion that to end homelessness we must put people in a home. to that end we will shortly provide housing for 77 families. I have never been around such dedicated and committed staff, board and volunteers. There is something about being a part of good works.