PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. First Pres is one of many partner churches who work with Journeys | The Road Home, the umbrella organization for PADS. The purpose of the PADS program is to provide hospitality, food, and emergency shelter from October 1 through April 30 of each year to families and individuals who are homeless.

The First Pres PADS program is staffed entirely by volunteers who prepare, supervise, and clean sleeping accommodations. Volunteers also provide, prepare, and offer dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch, all in a welcoming, supportive, safe environment.

Teams of volunteers are needed for several different shifts as well as to purchase or prepare food. If you or your small group would like to participate in this ministry, please contact the church office at 847-255-5900. 

  • First shift: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (set up, serve dinner, clean up)
  • Second shift: 11:00 pm - 3:00 am (monitor site and make lunches)
  • Third shift: 3:00 am - 7:00 am (monitor site, serve breakfast, and begin cleanup)
  • Fourth shift: 6:00 am - 8:00 am (clean up and put everything back)
  • Purchase or prepare food

To learn more about this ministry, please check out Journeys | The Road Home.


South Dakota Partnership

The 2019 mission dates TBD. 

Families and people of all ages can serve in this annual trip to partner with the Dakota Sioux community in Sisseton. First Pres is a member of the Dakota Partnership, a coalition of churches and other organizations that work alongside Sioux communities and the Dakota Presbytery to equip people for better lives. Activities include hosting a Vacation Bible School program for hundreds of local children and teens and serving in work groups to repair and maintain church facilities. Contact the church office to learn more.


Dominican Republic Partnership

For more than 30 years, First Pres members have worked in partnership with our Dominican Republic brothers and sisters in two different locations. For the past 20+ years we have focused on the Gaspar Hernandez area. We have provided training, labor, and supplies for church construction and maintenance, water purification systems, medicine and health services, Christian education, English education, and women’s programs and crafts. We currently support a scholarship program that enables many young people and adults to attend high school, university, seminary, and medical and other professional schools.

Our Dominican partners now host their own medical clinics and education classes both for their own community as well as for immigrants from Haiti who have settled in remote villages. For more information on this mission, contact the church office.


Additional International Outreach

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We have helped the Build Congo Schools efforts of the Congolese Presbyterian Church in partnership with churches in the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have helped to build, furnish, and supply many schools in Kasai and other areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 


Contact Judy Hockenberry with questions about First Pres outreach actvities.