PADS Volunteers

What is PADs?
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (McHenry County founded 1988).This program is not government supported. Since 2009,PADs reports a 51% increase in people needing help (33% increase in homeless individuals diagnosed with mental illness 54% increase in chronically homeless and 46% increase in transitional youth).

How does SOTP help?
We make lunches, serve dinner and occasionally may be asked by the the shelter to do another job such as passing out pillows and blankets.  Preferably five volunteers are needed. Youth volunteers are welcome (depending on maturity level and if they able to sit still for one hour following directions without adult supervision). We meet at SOTP Sunday evenings at 5:45 p.m. to make lunches for the shelter, and then transport lunches (including donations) to Bethany. We serve dinner from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jill Brown shops for supplies. This is a ministry that is allocated in our church budget.

The 4th Sunday of the Month, October through April.

To sign up:

Contact Becky Hennessy 847-961-6050   email: [email protected] 

We support Bethany Lutheran Church every 4th Sunday at 76 W Crystal Lake Ave in Crystal Lake IL 60014. This is only a 15 to 20 minute commute from SOTP. Linda is our contact at Bethany--she has been in charge of that facility for over 25 years and will assign your job. There are 7 churches in McHenry County that provide overnight shelters (rotated Monday through Sunday) from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. A transportation bus is used to commute the homeless between the churches.

Reasons to Volunteer
Add it to resumes or college applications. Earn high school credit. Give back to your community by setting a “Christ-Like” example.

Volunteering tips
Be friendly, but don’t give personal information. Leave personal belongings at home (i.e.; don’t wear expensive jewelry or don’t bring a purse. Leave cell phones in your car at home or in your car.

Location: SOTP then Bethany in Crystal Lake

Created by:   Shepherd of the Prairie Front Office
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EST) Available Slot
(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

4 of 5 slots filled
Sharon Little (2)
Chuck & Sharon Little
Carolyn Bergstrom
Ralph & Carolyn Bergstrom
Adrienne Araoz
(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

All slots filled
Kelly Dimmer (3)
Kathy McGuine (2)
(4 attending)
(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)

(Sun. 5:45pm - 8:00pm)

Make Lunches & Serve Dinner (5)


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