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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Human Services

Mission: West Suburban PADS exists to serve individuals and families who are homeless - or at risk of homelessness- with dignity and respect, through shelter, housing and supportive services.

Target demographics: All West Suburban PADS clients are extremely low-income (71% have no income and the remainder have income below the poverty line) and homeless within the 20 communities on the near-west side of Cook County, IL.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 individuals and families who are homeless or face imminent risk of homelessness.

Programs: Homeless Prevention provides one-time rental, mortgage and/or utility assistance to  individuals and families who are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure, and a security deposit and/or first month's rent for individuals and families leaving homelessness. Bi-lingual Spanish-speaking staff field inquiries for persons seeking shelter, housing and homeless prevention services. Callers are assessed to determine eligibility for local services.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The West Cook YMCA located in Oak Park has been proud to collaborate again with PADS in 2012. Our significant first year of association with the "Career Passport" program has resulted in a number of PADS clients finding transitional housing with us as they work their way back into the mainstream of life and employment. Our staff has also enjoyed doing its part by providing sack lunches for PADS the first Monday of each month. As a cause-driven charity ourselves, we at the Y fully understand the importance of strengthening the foundations of the community we serve. Our collaborative engagement with PADS is representative of our commitment to social responsibility.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the CEO of the West Cook Y, we are pleased and proud of our collaborative association with West Suburban PADS. As a charity ourselves we understand the importance of a strong mission, committed leadership and staff and passionate volunteer support. PADS has this and more. It is one of the reasons we, as Y staff, bag lunches for PADS clients once a month and include PADS clients in our annual Thanksgiving dinner. We look forward to working with PADS on the Career Passport program in 2011.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This review is written on behalf of the team at Wilks Communications. We have worked with West Suburban PADS on a number of levels throughout the past nine years. Over this time we have seen the organization grow into a group that truly makes a difference in our communities. Each person associated with West Suburban PADS including the staff, board members and over 1,000 volunteers have compassion and an open heart to those who face the risk, or the reality, of homelessness. PADS provided 12,366 nights of shelter and 37,098 meals to 500 people last year. This, along with many other reasons, makes West Suburban PADS a nonprofit that we will continue to support and encourage others to do so.