P.A.D.S. (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter)

Today, as the only emergency shelter system in Lake County, P.A.D.S. operates 15 emergency shelter sites, a Day Resource Center and numerous programs within it, as well as a number of scattered site long term supportive housing units.  P.A.D.S. also provides a multiplicity of services with a vision and mission of placing all of Lake County's homeless on a secure path to sustained independence.  If interested in helping, contact:  Margaret Hilliard - maggie4233 @ aol.com
P.A.D.S. emergency shelters provide an alternative for the homeless from October to April yearly.  Saint Gilbert has, for many years now, provided volunteers and support on Thursday overnights at United Protestant Church in Grayslake.  If you are interested in volunteering, here is some general information:
Shifts are available from setup on Thursdays late afternoon to breakfast and final site cleanup on Friday morning. You need volunteer for 1 shift (a few hours) the entire month. We especially need male volunteers over the age of 18. Please contact Rose Pech, pads_at_upc @ hotmail.com or 847-223-8131 ext. 17.  Training is available.
Following is a letter from a fellow parishioner regarding her PADS experience.

A Volunteer Testimony

Dear friends and fellow parishioners,
I am writing to ask you to consider volunteering for PADS at the United Protestant Church in Grayslake. If you currently have or have had children attend SGS, you know that our school has been providing lunches for the guests of the PADS for many years. This was my first introduction to PADS. I have always been very involved volunteering in my children’s schools, sports teams and church, but as they’ve gotten older I’ve found myself looking for different ways to give back. I first started volunteering at PADS about 6 years ago on the kitchen clean-up shift. I figured as a wife and mom I can clean any kitchen! What I quickly found was that I was getting more than I was giving. The people I have met through PADS are some of the kindest and most giving people I know. This past season I volunteered on the 4:45-7am shift where we provided breakfast for the guests and then helped clean the site. Even though it was a very early morning, I looked forward to seeing everyone and the feeling I had that I was doing something good. 
PADS needs your help! Like any other organization, PADS cannot function without their amazing volunteers. There are various shifts open to accommodate almost anyone’s availability. We have volunteers of all stages of life, those who are retired, working parents and young adults. Most volunteers work just once a month from October through May, Thursday to Friday mornings. Men are especially needed since UPC is primarily a men’s location. I would like to especially encourage my peers (soon to be empty nesters) to consider volunteering at PADS. You won’t be disappointed!
Volunteering at PADS is an excellent way to get involved in your community and make a positive impact in the lives of others. 
Toni Smith