The summer Transitional Shelter is coming to a close, and we are happy to report that it was one of the most productive summers in recent memory. With five nights of shelter left before the regular season begins, we have served 62 people.
Meet Brandon. He was homeless for 12 years, bouncing from shelter to shelter, couch to couch. Brandon struggles with a myriad of health issues, and he is legally blind, which makes it very hard to get — and keep — a job. You may have seen him around town washing windows when the weather allows. Our Outreach & Engagement team met him living on the streets.
We transitioned so many people into our Open Door Housing program in the 10 months since we launched it, we anticipate reaching capacity (83 people in 65 apartments) by the end of next year - a full six months ahead of plan.
Local author Janet Nolan & the Magic Tree Bookstore have generously agreed to team up for an event to benefit West Suburban PADS.
"Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County appoints West Suburban PADS director as Board Chair" in the Chicago Tribune
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County today announced the appointment of Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of West Suburban PADS, to a one-year term as chair of its board of directors.
For the past 22 years, West Suburban PADS has been giving people living on the street a warm, safe place to sleep at night and a hot meal, but that's only a small part of what PADS is doing in 2014.
The emergency shelter program is still central to what PADS is about, but it may surprise readers to learn that only 10 percent of PADS' budget goes to supporting the overnight program. Most of the budget is dedicated to getting homeless people out of the shelter and into their own homes.
Supporters from all over west Cook County join in the celebration at West Suburban PADS' annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.