Guest Information

When is Kendall County PADS open? 

Kendall County PADS will be closed the remainder of 2021 and through the winter of 2022 due to the effects of Covid19.  

If you are from Kendall County and are in need of temporary shelter, you may call Daybreak Center in Joliet (815) -774-4663. 

In a normal year, Kendall County PADS is open mid-October through mid-April.  However, because of the complications of Covid19 the shelter sites will not be open this winter season.   The PADS Board of Directors will evaluate and determine if PADS will re-open in October 2022.

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 you need to know before you 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 or use drugs,  to not bring any weapons or sharp objects,  to not use profanity or disrespectful language, to not fight.  Guests are expected to be respectful and to cooperate 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.  It can be requested as needed and it will be 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 and bottled water 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, blankets 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 need 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.   You will receive a transportation schedule of routes for PADS’s guests.