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South Suburban Pads

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Inter-faith program providing shelter and supportive services to homeless persons. Compassion, hospitality and dignity are key characteristics of the pads program.

Programs: Emergency shelter program - providing warm, secure overnight lodging, meals and hospitality at local churches on a rotating basis. To financially assist a family with rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance or other short-term solutions that can solve a family's crisis.

supportive services - guests can participate in a variety of self-improvement and enrichment programs, such as employment and career workshops and culinary workshop. The program also provides ongoing case management services, ombudsmen counseling, and ged and vocational training classes. Provide 77 units of housing for individuals and families.

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.

Community Story


Rating: 5

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.