Guest Information

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.