CGNL volunteers serve at PADS facilities in Cary to help provide a meal and a night of temporary shelter for the homeless.
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church (847-516-2636) and Cary United Methodist Church (847) 639-7627 donate their facilities on a weekly basis October through April.
To volunteer please contact either Ss. Peter & Paul Church or Cary United Methodist Church.
Cary United Methodist site is open on Saturday night. Ss. Peter & Paul site is open on Monday night.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) has been serving people at Ss. Peter & Paul Church and at Cary United Methodist Church for almost 20 years. The organization was founded to prevent people from freezing to death. There are PADS sights in seven churches in McHenry County. The shelters run from October to April. The hours of operation are from 7:00 PM thru 7:00 AM.
Since the beginning of the program the number of homeless individuals and families served has increased. Over 50 homeless people (guests) are served each night. This is a monumental task for the churches involved.
Volunteer shifts are from: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM / 11:00 PM - 3:00AM / 3:00 AM - 7:00 AM. A volunteer clean-up crew comes in at 7:00 AM.
Running these sites requires many volunteers to care for these guests overnight. The greatest need for volunteers is during the second and third shifts. The 50+ guests are served dinner and breakfast. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the food. PADS guests sleep on pads on the floor or air matresses when pads run out. Each guest uses two sheets, a pillow case and at least one blanket. Volunteers are needed to wash the sheets and pillow cases. Laundry is done either at a laundry facility or in people's homes.
PADS also needs your prayers and financial support. Financial contributions that will specifically help the sites at St. Peter & Paul and Cary United Methodist churches can be made by writing a check to either church and designating that it be used for PADS.
Please call in advance to volunteer. Drop-ins can not be accepted. Thank you for considering this serving opportunity for the Cary-Grove community...God Bless You.
Here is a link to YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HspLFpnUnqw it is a 6 minute video.