A few words about PADS from Brent Newman to start your day!

“I was asked earlier in the season why I volunteer at PADS. I’ve struggled for months to answer the question because my time there is deeply personal. Tonight I have finally found my voice.

This evening three guests were so proud because they have found employment as a result of their time at PADS.

This evening a fourth guest has been called back for a second interview and is just praying he gets the job.

This evening one volunteer has the flu. Not one but two other volunteers stepped up to replace him.

This evening a guest is battling cancer. He'll soon be leaving PADS because PADS helped him find assistance to afford an apartment where he'll be able to have a better chance of winning his fight.

This evening another volunteer is there despite working today, driving from Joliet to volunteer, and being required to return to his job at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

This evening two guests are children who received a hot meal and a place to stay before they return to school tomorrow. Their sister is too young to go with them, but she'll sleep safely at PADS tonight also.

This is just a one night, and I was only there for a few hours to get the shelter opened, but the stories at PADS go on week after week: stories of struggle and heartache and kindness and love.

I volunteer at PADS because, in its finest moments, PADS is the embodiment of hope in a world desperately in need of hope. I want to be even the smallest part of helping to bring that hope to life.

It's not too late. We can still use your help. Please - come join us!”