Public Action to Deliver Shelter -PADS

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." 

Matthew 25:40

Through stewardship, we give back to God and our community what is given to us. 

PADS is a network of McHenry County area churches that provides food, shelter, and hospitality to homeless men, women, and children.

New for 2017, the Diocese of Rockford has mandated that all volunteers in the diocese go through screening and training in accordance with diocesan policies. Here is an excerpt from Bishop Malloy's letter mandating this:
"In a continuing effort to ensure our parishes, schools and all our diocesan facilities remain safe for children, young people and vulnerable adults, the diocese has just completed an intensive review and update of our Safe Environment Program."

There are 7 easy steps which need to be completed to ensure the screening and training of our volunteers. Please click here for the documents to complete.

Once volunteer requirements have been completed, click on this link PADs Sign-up to sign up electronically.

For information on how to help, call the parish office 847-516-2636, email PADS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the site on a Monday night to speak with or observe volunteers.

Our parish offers the basement of the Gathering Space to shelter, feed, and help the homeless each Monday night from 7:00 P.M. until 7A.M. Tuesday morning. The PADS season is October 1 - April 30.

In order to serve the homeless, we need many volunteers to help perform this ministry.

Shift Volunteers
High School Age and Older Unless Accompanied by a Parent

Set-up Volunteers: 5:00-6:30 P.M.

  • Set-up tables/chairs.
  • Lay out mattresses.
  • Set-up sanitizers for serving trays .
  • Get bedding from laundry.
  • Set up beverage table.
  • Set tables for dinner.

Shift 1: 6:30 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

  • Check in with the site manager.
  • Help register the guests.
  • Be attentive to the guests.
  • Monitor all areas.
  • Communicate to the next shift an update of the evening’s activities.

Shift 2: 11:00 P.M. - 3:00 A.M. (Monday - Tuesday)

  • Check in with the previous shift.
  • Note any early wake-up requests.
  • Stay awake and monitor all areas.
  • Accommodate the late arrivals.
  • Communicate to the next shift an update of the evening’s activities.

Shift 3: 3:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M. (Tuesday) Note:  Please consider adding shift 4.

  • Check in with the previous shift.
  • Note any early wake-up requests.
  • Awaken the guests as needed.
  • Make coffee.
  • Help prepare and serve breakfast.
  • Be attentive to the guests.

 Shift 4: 5:00 A.M. -7:00 A.M. (Tuesday) Note:  Please consider adding shift 3.

  • Awaken the guests as needed.
  • Make coffee.
  • Help prepare and serve breakfast.
  • Distribute sack lunches
  • Be attentive to the guests.
  • Help clean and restack the mattresses, blankets and pillows.

Clean-up Supervisor: 6:30 A.M. -9:00 A.M.

Tuesday Clean-up Team: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

  • Sweep and mop the floors.
  • Clean and reset the tables and chairs.
  • Clean the bathroom area.

 Click on this link PADs Sign-up to sign up electronically.

 Food Preparation Team

  • A weekly food coordinator determines menu and heads prep & donations.
  • Prepare a food item at home or supply lunch items such as sandwich ingredients, juice boxes, and fruit.
  • Deliver the food to the site between 5:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. on Monday.

If interested, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 Laundry Team (Anytime Tuesday through Thursday during parish office hours)

  • Be available any time Tuesday through Thursday when the parish office is open (8:30 - 4:30).
  • Wash and dry a couple of loads of laundry using the parish’s laundry facilities in the basement of the parish office.
  • Fold and stack the laundry.

 If interested, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 PADS is always in need of shared talents and treasures. In addition to volunteering your time, your help is also appreciated in the following ways:

Batteries 
Backpacks
Single serve toiletries 
Winter coats & gloves
Cotton socks
T-shirts & underwear 
Blue Jeans 
Feminine hygiene products

Click on this link PADs Sign-up  to sign up electronically.

For more information on how to help, call the parish office 847-516-2636 or email PADS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.