My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for West Suburban Pads Inc, Oak Park, IL, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
volunteering and board work
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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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
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