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PADS Ministry

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.

    Shift Schedule

    • 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

    Food Signup Now Open!

    If you’d like to provide food for our PADS guests, please follow the links below to sign up for dates in either the October through December time frame, or January through April.

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