Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) has been serving people at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and at Cary United Methodist Church for more than 20 years. The organization was founded by citizens of the McHenry County faith community concerned about homeless people they had observed living in cars, under bridges, viaducts and in wooded areas in the county during the cold winter months. 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.

CGNL supports PADS through funding and an opportunity for volunteers to 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, Holy Cross Lutheran Church (847) 639-1702 and Cary United Methodist Church (847) 639-7627 donate their facilities on a weekly basis October through April.

To volunteer please contact the churches above.

Running these sites requires many volunteers to care for these guests overnight. Volunteer opportunities are broken into shifts. 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

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 Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic, Holy Cross Lutheran 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 one of the Churches above, 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. it is a 6 minute video.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing need for food, clothing, shelter or any other types of assistance, please let us know - Cary Grove Neighborhood Life would like to help. Please contact us via email.

Cary Grove Neighborhood Life
P.O Box 726
Cary, IL 60013

Ephesians 4:4-6

Ephesians 4:4-6  We are all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both inwardly and outwardly. We have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything we are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

Mission Statement

Our Mission as an organization is to connect people who live within the geographic area of Cary & Fox River Grove, with opportunities to build relationships and serve together to help neighbors in need. When we take a few minutes to do random acts of kindness, "pay it forward" we like to say, all those involved are blessed.