Kendall County PADS


KENDALL COUNTY PADS is uncertain about the date of opening the shelter season in the fall of 2020.  PADS Board of Directors will determine when the shelter will open based on the ability to carefully follow the guidelines by the CDC (federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the State of Illinois, and the Kendall County Health Department.  The PADSshelter sites, in six churches an in one private school, also will be consulted for their guidance and approval.  The health and safety of all volunteers and future homeless guests will be most important as the Board of Directors makes decisions about the 2020-2021 shelter season.

When a decision is made about re-opening Kendall County PADS, this website will provide information.


PADS will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  PADS will be closed on Monday, March 16th through the end of the season.  

PADS Board of Directors met on Tuesday, March 10th and talked about guidelines to deal with the Coronavirus soon to reach into Kendall County.   The plan was to closely pay attention to when schools closed in the county and to be in step with local decisions.      

This afternoon, March 13th, after county schools announced closings as early as Monday, the Executive Director, Officers of the Board and Site Coordinators communicated and agreed on a plan for a smooth, quick closure.  

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night coordinators agreed they would be able to keep their volunteers for each of those nights.      We wanted to communicate the decision to close PADS to our guests and to give them a window of time to figure out what they will do or where they will go.  

We took into consideration that most of our guests have vehicles, which gives them a slightly better situation as compared to those without vehicles.   Those without vehicles have been given some options and offers.  PADS leaders along with our three social work interns continue to assist guests as they make decisions for this unexpected fast transition out of our shelter program.

We also considered the health and safety of 550+ PADS’s Volunteers. We do not want to put volunteers in a situation where they have to decide:  “should I go or not go to my PADS’s shift.”  With the closure of PADS, they will have fewer situations to be exposed to the virus.  We desire all to remain well and safe by practicing good hygiene and maintaining a very clean environment .   You will find excellent factual information about this coronovirus at the Kendall County Health Department website:  just click on . 

PADS wants you to be proactive and to be in front of the evolution of this disease.

Containment:  When you are sick, stay home!   Sanitize thoroughly.

Prevention: Wear masks in public places and especially in situations where social distancing is difficult.

Social distancing: Avoid and eliminate crowd-based activities; reduce the numbers of attendees; enact site-based decisions for the overall good of the community.

Communication: In conversation, share facts – not fear.

We hope for better situations for our homeless guests, and we thank the selfless giving of our volunteers.   We hope to open PADS in October 2020 for the next winter season.

Anne Engelhardt, Executive Director


 Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) is dedicated to providing temporary, safe shelter and nourishing food to the men, women, and children within Kendall County who are homeless or in need.

Serving the Homeless                                         in Kendall County, Illinois

PADS is a place where men, women, and children living in homelessness are provided overnight safe shelter and hot meals. A team of caring volunteers serve our homeless guests each night.  Volunteers will greet each guest, and will register them on their first night and explain how the program operates. Guests may enjoy a hot, home-cooked meal and will have opportunities to visit with the volunteers. Social workers on site will provide information guests about local social services.

During 2019-2020, PADS shelter sites will be available from Sunday, October 20,  2019 through Saturday, April 18, 2020.  (See note above for dates.)  Shelter services are available each night from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Seven churches in Kendall County will serve as shelter sites, one for each night of the week. Review a list of these shelter sites here.

Who can use PADS?

Men, women, and children who need temporary overnight shelter and food may use Kendall County PADS. Children under the age of 18 must come with a parent or legal guardian (documentation of guardianship is required).

The Kendall County PADS program does not allow guests to use the alcohol or drugs at the shelter sites. There is no restriction as to where the homeless person recently has been staying prior to coming to PADS . The program has a limit of 20 guests.

Who are the volunteers?

Men and women, age 18 and older, may serve as volunteers. Students 16-17 years old, long with a parent, may also serve as volunteers. Different positions and tasks can be matched to the skills and desires of each volunteer. Most volunteers live in Kendall County, but that is not a requirement. Each volunteer will give about 4.5 hours of his or her time just ONE time each month for six months, during the PADS “season” (October – April). Learn more about volunteering…


The shelter program is looking for caring people who can be dedicated to serve as a volunteer just one time each month — 6 times over 6 months of the coldest time of the year. You may choose which night or which location works best for your situation.  

We will be pleased to welcome you as a volunteer and you will learn your role and responsibilities “on the job” under the guidance of an experienced site coordinator. So, please, SIGN  UP today.  Currently, PADS still needs volunteers at five sites for Shifts II and III. 

Volunteers are Always Welcome!

A total of 600 volunteers are needed for PADS to operate each night of the month. We invite adults from community organizations, schools, churches and businesses and interested citizens to serve as Volunteers.

Other Ways to Support PADS

Donate:Kendall County PADS is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by grants, gift, and private donations. The donations are used entirely for the operation of the shelter sites. The program is staffed 100% by volunteers – no paid positions. Checks can be made to: Kendall County PADS and sent to P.O. Box 1136, Yorkville, IL 60560.  PADS gratefully accepts material donations, or you can make a donation thru PayPal.

Volunteer: There are many ways to serve as a volunteer. Learn more about PADS volunteer opportunities.

Pray: Whatever your faith tradition, please keep the Kendall County PADS effort in your thoughts.  Pray for the guests who will be utilizing the PADS sites, for the volunteers who will be staffing the sites, and for the mission of PADS which is the guideline in all decisions.

Be an advocate for PADS: Tell people what it is and how it works. Encourage people in your neighborhood, church, civic organization, place of employment, to get involved either as individuals or as a group. To receive more in-depth information for yourself, group, organization, or church, please contact the PADS Director. PADS is pleased to provide various printed materials or in-person presentations of any length for any audience.

A brochure, the Volunteer Manual, and  a PowerPoint presentation are available for you. These materials explain things in greater detail. For a copy of any of these tools, please contact PADS.