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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.