Volunteers are an essential part of the PADS Emergency shelter program which operates from September to May providing a place to sleep and three meals, 7 nights a week at 11 rotating sites in host congregregations in Berwyn, Forest Park and Oak Park for between 20 and 60 people in the midst of a housing crisis.
Plans are underway for a new Monday night shelter site expected to open in Forest Park.
New PADS Shelter site to open.
The last night of the regular shelter season was Monday, May 13th at First United Church of Oak Park. Site Captain Steve Meier and his team, most of whom are affiliated with the St. Giles Family Mass community, arrived first to set up the space. Someone got the decaf coffee percolating in the giant urn and put out the sugar and creamer. Close to 60 pads and bed rolls were laid out in the separated family and women’s areas, and on one side of the partition in Centennial Hall. Tables and chairs were arranged on the other.
Recently a group from the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Academy visited our Maywood office as a stop on their “Day in the Community” tour.
Two key Housing Forward staff members attended an inaugural event exploring emerging research, innovative strategies, and proven best practices to address homelessness among this specific population. The Solutions for Individual Homeless Adults Conference took place in San Diego, California from February 21-23, 2019.
Despite being rescheduled due to extreme weather, 150+ volunteers on over 40 teams canvassed more than 500 square miles of Suburban Cook County from approximately 8pm Feb. 6th to 2am Feb. 7th.
Our most pressing need currently is for volunteers to help with the Point in Time Homeless Count THIS WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6th, which is coordinated by The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. The census happens every other year, regardless of the weather, and our Maywood office located at 1851 S. 9th Avenue is the meeting location for the West Region. No previous experience is needed.
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County is the coordinator of a federally mandated homeless count that occurs every other year. During this single night, over one hundred volunteers canvass the streets in groups of three or four and attempt to count every person living outside in suburban Cook.