You may ask what "types" of people use the PADS shelters. What "kinds" of people are homeless? This is difficult to answer because there is no stereotypical guest. It is important to understand that the population of homeless people may have a higher proportion of individuals with a mental illness or a substance abuse problem. However, they do not constitute the whole. The majority are people from this area who have fallen on hard times. No matter what the reason, they need food, shelter, our nonjudgmental support and our compassion. Please join us in offering a helping hand to our neighbors in need this winter.