Kendall County PADS is closed for the winter season (October 2021 – spring 2022) due to complications of Covid19 in regard to homeless guests, volunteers, and the shelter sites. The PADS Board of Directors will evaluate shelter options and make a decision in regard to opening PADS to serve the homeless men, women and children in Kendall County.
SHELTER SITES – CLOSED for 2021 -2022
Six churches and one private school serve as PADS shelter sites throughout the week.
Volunteers generally work just ONE shift per month (about 4-1/2 hours).
Volunteers, both men and women, age 18 and older, will staff the site from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Additionally, students 16-17 years old, along with a parent, are invited to be volunteers. Two men and two women will team up to cover the various responsibilities for each of the three shifts:
- Shift I – 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Set up the PADS designated area of the site, including setting out the mattresses, linens, towels, and zip-bags of personal toiletries for the guests. Register guests as they arrive. Eat supper with guests and visit with guests. Lights out at 10:00 p.m.
- Shift II – 10:45 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. – Guests will usually be sleeping. Prepare sandwiches for sack lunches for guests to take with them when they leave in the morning. Volunteers will be stationed to monitor the guests and building. This shift will allow you to do your own quiet activities, such as working on your computer or reading. All sites have wi-fi capability.
- Shift III – 2:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Wake up guests at 6:00 a.m. and serve a light breakfast. Supervise guests as they clean their mattresses. Oversee checkout and give them their sack lunch. Clean up the PADS site: put away equipment and supplies; bag up the linens and towels; clean up the breakfast and kitchen areas.
- Food Team – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A team of four – five volunteers prepare parts of a nutritious meal and serve it to guests – just one meal per month. Food prep at home; set up, serve, clean up on site.
Volunteers are urgently needed for Shift II and Shift III at all sites. Please consider offering your time to fill one of these time slots.
Other ways to serve the PADS program:
- Laundry Exchange Driver: Transport used linens and towels from a shelter site to the Kendall County Correction Center and return the clean linens and towels to the same site (one time per month; about one – two hours of time).
- Serve as a “Volunteer Coordinator” for a particular site. This person maintains a list of volunteers for a specific site and emails a weekly reminder to those on the schedule that week. This work can be done on your own time frame and from home.
- Join the Volunteers’ Recruiting Team and assist with a wide range of publicity for the PADS program. Most of the tasks are done in August, September and October. Commitment: as little or as much as you are able. Contact PADS to communicate your interests and talents and desire to help the PADS program.