"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." Desmond Tutu

There are many opportunities to be involved in changing lives through the Grundy PADS mission. Please join us!


Donation of Time or Personal Items

Donations of time are the life blood of PADS. We would love to have your help at one of our sites! Your time and kind words can be the difference between a person deciding to trudge through another cold Illinois winter's day or just give up. Please consider spending just 4 hours once a month with our guests. Or, perhaps you would like to donate personal items such as socks, shoes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc. If you would like the opportunity to serve or donate, please call 815-942-3245. Not only could your PADS experience change the life of another, it just might change yours too!

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Financial Donations

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are considered tax-exempt. Checks can be made out to Grundy Area PADS and mailed to 1802 N. Division St., Suite 510, Morris, IL 60450. You may also conveniently donate online through this website by clicking the DONATE button at the top of the page. Every little bit helps!



If you are part of a group that supports charitable work, you could designate your next fundraiser to our organization. We have received donations from corporations, civic organizations, fundraisers, and coworkers who have pooled money together. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated!

“I have always believed that when you live in a community it is your duty to support the different organizations and causes. I was asked to join PADS as a Board member about a year ago. My knowledge about PADS was limited but thought I might be able to help. I have learned much, this past year, about this amazing organization and I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful support service. This past year has given me more insight to the people who struggle with being homeless and empathy for the daily challenges they face. No one wants to be homeless, but due to circumstances they find themselves seeking shelter during the coldest months of the year. I have met many people who volunteer and have so much love in their heart. They support the mission of PADS to provide Shelter and Sustenance to those who are in need. I have always believed in the “Pay it Forward” philosophy in life. Please consider volunteering for a 3 hour shift once a week. Your heart will be full after helping those in need.”
— PADS volunteer Marilyn Yuhas
“PADS has been an eye‐opening experience for me. New to the program, I had some pre‐conceived notions about the homeless, that I found to be largely wrong. They are much like me in many ways. Regardless of why they are here, PADS has given me a tangible way to show care and support for those less fortunate. PADS has also provided a way that I can give of my time in trying to make our community stronger and better. I have met some really wonderful people—both guests and other volunteers— some who have become special friends to me.”
— PADS volunteer DeWitt Buchanan
“I volunteer for PADS because it reminds me love can work amazing miracles in our lives, no matter how desperate or awful our lives might seem. I do it because of the small victories that make huge differences in the lives of the people who are served at PADS. I do it because a kind word can be the difference, literally, between someone deciding to trudge through another cold Illinois winter’s day or just lay down and die.”
— Grundy County Housing Authority C.E.O. Brent Newman
“Five years ago I was invited to be on the PADS board by a friend. Helping provide shelter to the homeless had long been something I wanted to be a part of. That same year I began volunteering on the 2nd shift at Peace Lutheran Church on Monday nights. Going to work the next day after volunteering sometimes was hard, but I would remind myself that I was fortunate enough to have a soft bed, a warm house and more than enough groceries in my life. 4 hours once a month to be a little tired seemed like a small inconvenience compared to helping those in need. After the first year my husband joined me volunteering. We are fortunate to be able give back to our community.”
— PADS Volunteer Tammy Alvarez
“I enjoy volunteering for PADS because I know it really makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve. In fact, I truly believe we are saving their lives because we are giving them a warm, safe place to sleep when they might otherwise be forced to sleep outside. I work the 10:45-2:45 shift. If you’re a night owl like I am, it’s the ideal shift to serve because all you have to do is stay up really late, kind of like being back in college! Also, the nice thing about this shift is that it is very quiet. If you have a laptop you can bring in, it’s a great way to get work done, or watch a movie or TV show on Netflix, or even just read a favorite book. We have one responsibility on that shift, and it’s to make the sack lunches for the next day. Other than that, we just have to, basically, stand guard and not fall asleep. I have a friend who has been serving on this shift with me for many years and we always enjoy the time together to catch up and do a lot of giggling once a month.”
— PADS Volunteer Denise Gaska
“I think I speak for the entire congregation of Peace Lutheran that we are humbled and honored to serve the homeless guests that stay in our building two nights a week during the season. Several of our members (including me!) volunteer to make sure our guests are comfortable, safe and treated with dignity and respect. As Lutheran Christians we believe that when we help those less fortunate, we are serving Jesus himself as stated in Matthew 25 “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ”
— Rev. Lu Cantrell Peace Lutheran Church