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.

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.