Homeless organization faces critical shortage of volunteers to staff shelters

Tom Siebert
Assistant director for community relations
PADS of Kendall County, IL

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County recently began its seventh season of offering food and temporary housing to the area’s homeless.   But the not-for-profit organization is short nearly 20 percent of the volunteers needed to operate the six-month-long program in the western suburbs of Chicago.

“To be able to open its doors each night to the homeless in the community, Kendall County PADS needs approximately 600 volunteers,” said executive director Anne Engelhardt. “Currently, there is a critical need for 90 new volunteers.”

The organization will host two informational sessions for the public to learn more about PADS––what it is, where and when the shelter sites are open, and what it does for the homeless men, women, and children who come for aid.    

The first session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, at the Plano Public Library, 15 West North Street. The second session is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, at the Yorkville Public Library, 902 Game Farm Road. 

A panel of experienced volunteers will present a brief overview of PADS and then entertain audience questions.  This will not be a training meeting; rather, attendees can expect to learn about who comes to the homeless shelter sites and what services they receive. Also, attendees will learn how PADS goes beyond its basic mission of shelter and food by providing links to many social services for its guests.  

All citizens are invited, including anyone who simply wants to learn more about how PADS cares for the homeless.  “The experience of community and connection between volunteers and the guests they serve are immeasurable,” Anne added. 

No pre-registration is required and no commitments are expected.  If community members cannot attend either of these two sessions, they can learn more about PADS on its website, http://www.kendallcountypads.org, or they can call Ms. Engelhardt at 630-553-5073.




About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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