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December 7, 2010

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December 7, 2010

In today's economy, many are just a paycheck away from the risk of homelessness. West Suburban PADS treats every individual who is homeless -- or at risk of homelessness -- with dignity and respect. While the first priority is to meet the basic need of shelter and food, PADS doesn't stop there. Those who need more than temporary shelter have access to an array of supportive services, from laundry facilities and showers to access to mental health services and career readiness training. The goal is permanent solutions for those who find themselves homeless -- permanent housing, with the level of supportive services needed -- one person, one family at a time.
I started volunteering at one of PADS' shelters 15 years ago, and still do. I've also had the privilege of being on the board of directors for the agency, witnessing and overseeing the development of a total system of housing opportunities and supportive services that afford those who find themselves homeless -- or at risk of homelessness -- the long-term, substantive assistance that truly shows dignity and respect.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering and board work

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

West Suburban PADS is developing at a fast pace to meet basic, concrete needs -- the organization has had tremendous financial support, but more corporate, individual and foundation support, as well as more supportive housing solutions, will be needed to keep meeting the demand.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my church.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Measurably reducing homelessness in its service area.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ending homelessness for those served by the agency

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I first became affiliated with West Suburban PADS as a volunteer. Being new to the area, I didn't know much about the organization; I only knew that it served an important need in our society. I recently became a Board Member of West Suburban PADS. I have learned so much more about this organization. I am extremely honored to be affiliated with PADS as it seeks to end homelessness in our area through providing shelter, housing, job training, and support. Ending homelessness could not be accomplished without the dedicated work of the staff and volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My first experience as a volunteer and hearing about the many testimonials of persons who have gained a new start through the support of PADS.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

magically produce the funding needed to end homelessness for good.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I am very proud and honored to serve on the board of West Suburban PADS. During my tenure, I have come to really appreciate the comprehensive services WSPADS offers its clients. Not only do they provide needed shelter, but they also provide the services to help the homeless obtain gainful employment and permanent housing. As the say goes, they just don’t provide a fish of food, they teach their clients how to fish to have food for a lifetime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working on the fundraising committee.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek areas for more funding to provide more service

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Being a Board Member for Pads has been a fulfilling and enlightening experience. I have found the board members and volunteers to be the most hard working group of people I have ever met. They are dedicated to preventing homelessness and work tirelessly to that end. The emergency shelter is run entirely with dedicated volunteers, and the supportive services and employment readiness services are run by excellent professionals. I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization.

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I have experienced the results of this organization from working in the offices with the clients and hearing their stories directly. They all were very thankful for Pads, and spoke very highly of all the services offered to them. I also have seen the results through the Board by the different fund raisers that are run, and how they are using the money to directly help the homeless families.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really cant think of any.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I've been a board member at West Suburban PADS for nine years, and before that, I'd volunteered in their overnight shelter program for ten years. PADS has grown from a shelter that provided a place to sleep and a hot dinner to a full-service agency offering wrap-around care, job training, housing and support services. Throughout its programs PADS insists on upholding the human dignity and value of its clients as well as providing for their housing needs. The staff and volunteers deal with each guest as a person, not as simply "case load". It's an honor to help PADS serve the last and the least in our community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing persons who have been homeless obtaining new housing arrangements and getting their lives back on track.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to increase funding support from the local community in order to lessen reliance on public government support.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for West Suburban PADS over the past 5 1/2 years. Board members, staff, and volunteers have a shared passion that fuels change on a daily basis as those in need are sheltered, housed, and receive job training. PADS' volunteer base is broad and busy; its' Board is strong and invested; and, PADS' staff are skilled professionals with a sense of mission.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many testimonials that have been shared over my years associated with PADS.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to clone it and spread it around the country!

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