Guest Information

When is Kendall County PADS open? 

PADS will provide overnight shelter from Sunday, October 20, 2019 through Saturday,  April 18, 2020   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..  On the first night, with the help of a volunteer, the guest will register.

New guests who choose to come after 10:00 p.m. should call 630-553-5856 to arrange for assistance  through KenCom, the county-wide dispatch center.

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  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, but practice cooperation with all.
  • Smoking is allowed outside the building at designated times, evening and morning, under supervision of volunteer(s).
  • Bedding is provided; do not bring in personal 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.
  • Breakfast will be served between 6:00 – 6:45 a.m.
  • A sack lunch will be given to each guest

How will I get signed up?

  • You will register when you arrive; you do not have to call ahead. (If you have additional questions, you may call 630-334-8180.)
  • A volunteer will register you into Kendall County PADS when you first arrive.
  • You will be asked to sign an agreement of expectations for your 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 – 6:45 a.m.
  • a sack lunch each day
  • 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 for physical, mental, and social needs

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.