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.
I have been working with PADS for about six years, cooking breakfast at a local church about ten times a year for the past six years. I admire the administrative organization that Pads brings to it's service of the homeless as it houses the guests at various sites throughout each week. It has shown me the faces of the poor, as well as given me the opportunity to work with wonderful people of different races and religious beliefs. Another group I belong to at my own church and a group from my neighborhood have also provided dinners for South Suburban PADS.