When is Kendall County PADS open?
PADS will provide overnight shelter from Sunday, October 15, 2017 through Saturday, April 14, 2018. PADS facilities are open from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
Guests must arrive between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., but not sooner than 6:45 p.m.
New guests who choose to come after 10:00 p.m. should call 630-553-5856 to arrange for services through KenCom.
What do I need to know before I arrive?
- Bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
- When you register the first night, a volunteer will go over expectations of PADS’s guests.
- You will be asked to sign an agreement expecting to RESPECT self, volunteers, other guests, the shelter sites and the program operations.
- Guests will be expected to not drink nor use drugs; to not bring any weapons or sharp objects; to not use profanity or disrespectful language; to not not fight.
- Smoking is allowed outside the building at designated times.
- Bedding is provided; do not bring in your own blankets or pillow.
- Small bags will be allowed in sleeping areas; larger bags will be “checked” and monitored by volunteers; best to leave unneeded items in your vehicle.
- Medication must be turned in, protected in a secured location overnight, and returned at checkout.
- A hot meal will be served between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
How will I get signed up?
- You will register when you arrive; you do not have to call ahead.
- A volunteer will register you into Kendall County PADS when you first arrive.
- You will be asked to sign an agreement of expectations for conduct.
- You will also be asked to register (no charge to guests) for Kendall Area Transit (KAT), a local and limited bus service. You may complete the KAT Registration Form here and bring it with you.
- You will receive information about services from Kendall County Health Department.
- After you are registered the first night, you may be a guest of PADS through the remainder of the season (mid April).
What can I expect at the PADS site?
- a safe, comfortable place to sleep (men and women sleep in separate areas)
- a clean mattress, blanket and pillow
- a hot meal between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- lights out at 10:00 p.m.; quiet time between 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
- wake up at 6:00 a.m.
- a hot breakfast 6:00 – 6:30 a.m.
- a sack lunch
- depart at 7:00 a.m.
- showers available on site on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
- the maximum number of guests per night is 20
- warm, caring hospitality by a staff of PADS volunteers
- connections to local service agencies
What if I don’t have transportation?
PADS provides limited transportation for guests without vehicles. In the evening, four nights a week, transportation is offered from a designated location to the shelter site. Four mornings a week, guests may use the transportation provided by PADS to go to a designated location in the town nearest the shelter site for that evening.