PADS is a service organization providing shelter to the homeless community in DuPage County.

Union Church volunteers will host and staff temporary overnight housing at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 East First Street,  Hinsdale, Saturday 30 September 2017, for 50 guests, providing accommodations and 3 meals..

PADS originally stood for Public Action to Deliver Shelter and has evolved to provide temporary and permanent housing for homeless in DuPage County..

We need a lot of volunteers to help with this Mission Board project, which I divided into tasks:

Preparing 3 meals:

  • dinner Saturday evening and breakfast/sack lunch Sunday morning
  • Serve 2 meals: dinner Saturday evening and breakfast/sack lunch Sunday morning
  • Clean up after 7 AM meal Sunday
  • Setting up Saturday afternoon:
  • 50 sleeping pads with blankets, pillows & linen and setting out clothing & toiletries

Evening Crew:  7-10PM

  • Visit with guests, making sure guests are settled, and handling disputes.
  • Overnight Team: 2 shifts, 10 PM-2 AM and 2 AM-6 AM,
  • make sure guests are properly settled, handle disputes, and call police if necessary.
  • Teams of 2 women and 2 men/shift will make hourly rounds

Breakfast Team:

  • cook hot breakfast and prepare sack lunches
  • Deliver food to Redeemer Lutheran, making coffee, toast, & juice.  Set up beverage area and serve breakfast.
  • Put out sack lunches for pick-up.  Clean up after 7 AM

Clean Up Team:  6:30 AM-8:00 AM

  • bedding packed to be washed, blankets & pillows put away.  Mattresses, chairs & tables washed and stored.  Bathrooms & common rooms cleaned.

Laundry: Pick up at 7 AM Sunday

  • wash and return to Redeemer Lutheran by Thursday.

I would like to have 30+ volunteers., and some tasks are appropriate for families with children.

If you are interested in serving on this Mission Board project to help the homeless or have a question, please contact me..

There will be sign-up sheets in the Gathering Space after the 10AM service, beginning Sunday 6 Aug 2017.

Alternatively, you can sign up electronically:

Step 1                in your browser, type:

Step 2                enter: pads2017sign

Step 3                use password:  UCpads17

Step 4:               click on PADS 2017 signup.docx

Step 5:               sign up for job(s) you can do, entering your               name, telephone number, and e-mail.

Step 6:               close the document (your information is automatically saved)

The homeless of DuPage County and the Union Church Mission Board thank you!

Andy Hotaling,  PADS leader and Mission Board member


H:   630-887-7111

C:   708-846-0006

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