Look at the incredible variety of food provided to our guests recently by Morris Hospital! Pork roast meals with mashed potatoes and gravy and mixed veggies! Chili! Burritos! And Strawberry Cheesecake to top it all off! Plus they sent a boatload of muffins for breakfast! Not only does Morris Hospital provide meals to fill our guests bellies many nights of the week, but they also provide the linens we need to wrap them in clean warmth at bedtime EVERY night! We are so fortunate to have a local hospital with a huge heart!!! Grundy Area PADS would be lost without Morris Hospital's consistent, kind and incomparable help!
Girl Scout Troop 70341 knows when you have a nowhere else to go a home cooked meal can seem like a world away. On March 7, 2018 they visited PADS at First United Methodist Church to make such a meal reality for PADS guests. As a result of the hard work of the girls and their parents a delicious meal of homemade lasagna, garlic bread, garden salad, fruit salad and some truly spectacular cookies was served. Thank you to everyone involved, especially Troop Leader Christy Lamaze and her husband Chris, for all of your kindness. If your group or organization would like to provide a meal please feel free to contact us. We would love have you join us!
Morris Brownie Troop 75218 visited PADS at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 28. The girls and their parents prepared and donated a wonderful dinner for our guests. They even prepared breakfast for the following morning AND brought items for the our guests to take with them in their lunches the following day! Pictured are Vickie Morrison and Wendy Hougas, who delivered, served the evening meal, and stayed to help clean up.
The Troop is really hoping their volunteerism will inspire others to follow their lead. If you or your organization would like to help, please feel free to message us!
Thanks to the kind & generous folks at Minooka Bible Church for serving dinner last week at PADS. Here are some thoughts shared by Pat from the church:
"I have a passion for people and giving back can make a difference in someone's life. You never know what has happened in someone's life and sometimes they just need a little encouragement. I met a man who lost his job and home and he was telling me about his day. As he was telling me his story, I was able to give him some information to help him. We need to give guests our time and listen to their stories."
Thanks to everyone at Minooka Bible Church for sharing their time & love with our PADS guests!
DID YOU KNOW? In the month of February alone, our St. Vincent's Table Community Dinners served 131 meals in Morris on Thursday nights and 318 in Coal City on Monday nights. The overnight emergency sheltering of PADS will come to an end in April, but the St. Vincent Table meals are served year round. Please contact us if you would like to donate or help out. It's an amazing local mission that serves hundreds every month in our community. Join us!
A big THANK YOU to Girl Scout Troop 670232 for fixing dinner last week for PADS guests! The girls worked hard to make a delicious home cooked meal. Troop leader Wendy Hougas and her husband served the guests. Thank you for your kind spirits & hard work. The guests loved it and were very appreciative!
We received a wonderful bounty of generosity from the families of the First United Methodist Preschool. Thank you for your kindness! The guests at Grundy Area PADS will be very thankful to receive your love!
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!”
What an amazing story shared with us by Judy Stemen:
Jim was one of PADS first guests! When PADS closed for the season, he pitched a tent out on Cemetery Road and spent his time writing and reading, which he was very passionate about. He published his first book, "Raise The Flag" in 2012, while living in his tent. This book is a collection of five short stories.Jim moved to Seattle, Washington four years ago where he tented and rode his bicycle, Blue Cloud, all over Seattle and the surrounding area taking pictures. These pictures he eventually had published in a photo journal entitled "Seattle Summer". His second photo book is entitled "Wildflowers of Cascades". (opinion of a friend:"Seattle should have hired him to do their tourism promo with photos")
His most recent publication is "Bloodhound Charlie". Jim writes in the foreward: Bloodhound Charlie is a fiction story. The characters in this doggie do-good dog gone story are fabrications, fictional persona, and are not to be construed to be real so to protect the innocent. The author's views in this story are First Amendment Freedoms for amusement, literary exposition, fiction, and do not reflect the views of anyone including the author.
Jim has been able to lose the "homeless" label as he now resides at the Plymouth Mayflower which he says provides shelter for the weary and weather!
You can find Jim on Facebook and purchase his books on Amazon.com