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joeberton

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Review for Housing Forward, Maywood, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are many ways to help with Pads. I've served food, helped with getting beds ready and I've cleaned up areas after people leave. However, the most rewarding for me is in preparing food. Once a month I help make a meal to serve 60 plus people. We've been making Shepard's Pie for over ten years. It's become a favorite, a classic with the people we serve. There have been many times, when I've given to a homeless person, or bought a Streetwise from them, and mentioned how I help with Pads and what I cook, they remember the Shepard's Pie and thank me. That's the reward I treasure, directly from the people we serve.

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

many ways. I find it personally rewarding to serve and be helpful. My wife also started out with Pads serving the meal I helped cook. Now, she serves as a board member for Pads.

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

get out to the shelters more and experience what is happening first hand. Listen to the servers and see how their jobs can be better organized or supported.

Role:  Volunteer & For at least ten years, I have cooked for Pads.