PADS Homeless Shelter

PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. PADS is a program within the “Journeys | The Road Home” organization which is a county-wide homeless support outreach effort based in Palatine.

If you are in need of shelter, contact Journeys | The Road Home, at 847-963-9163 or visit them at 1140 East Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60074.

Holy Family supports this organization by hosting a PADS site on Sunday evenings from October 1 to April 30, 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Our guests are registered Journeys | The Road Home clients. They sleep on foam mattresses with clean sheets, blankets and pillows and receive dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch. Holy Family volunteers set-up, serve meals, oversee the site’s activities, donate and prepare meals, wash kitchen towels, put away laundered bedding and clean-up. Training is provided.

Holy Family’s PADS site is unable to operate at this time. The number of volunteers is inadequate to safely serve our guests in need of a place to stay as well as not to overburden the volunteers that were willing to serve. Later this year we will evaluate the situation to see if there is potential to open sometime in 2022.

We want to serve the homeless in our midst and have committed to providing 80 meals to the guests that remain in the hotels. If you would like to help by providing a meal item, please go to ID – 134413 Sec – 9236. Drop off at door 20 is between 5 and 5:15pm.

Volunteers are also needed to prepare the meals for distribution. Since we must maintain social distancing until further notice, volunteers needed to pack are limited. You must sign up through Alma to volunteer in the kitchen. Food donations can be done solely through the Care Calendar website which is listed above.

Dates providing dinners are:
January 2 & 16 & 30; February 6 & 20; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 24

If you have questions about the dinners or to volunteer to pack the meals, please contact Alma at

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