PADS is an acronym for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. The goal of the program is to provide hospitality, food, and emergency shelter for homeless people from October 1 through April 30 of each year. The sites are staffed entirely by volunteers, who prepare, supervise, and clean sleeping accommodations and provide, prepare, and offer dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch - all in a welcoming, supportive, safe environment. Christus Victor is a PADS site on Tuesday evenings. During the summer months, we also offer Summer Suppers on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.
Every year Christus Victor sends out a request for volunteers to help us in the most difficult areas in this ministry, namely the 2nd shift, 3rd shift, and Clean-Up shift. These are ONCE A MONTH obligations (or if we get enough volunteers, it could be once every other month!) Please prayerfully consider helping in any of these ways. Here is what we need:
2nd Shift volunteers: 2nd shift is from 11 PM to 3 AM and would entail you working one Tuesday night a month during those hours, along with 1-2 others manning the site, while the guests sleep, and on occasion you would need to check in a guest that has late-arrival clearance or check in a new guest brought in by the police as per protocol. You would also make the guests’ lunches during the down time. You would attend an orientation session at Journeys and then “on the job” training by our 2nd shift coordinator, Kathy Kelly.
3rd Shift volunteers: 3rd shift is from 3 AM to 7 AM and would entail you working one early Wednesday morning a month during those hours, continuing the manning of the site while the guests sleep and noting the schedule of wake ups for those guests that have jobs requiring them to rise earlier than the general wake-up time of 6 AM when you waken the rest of the guests. You would also put out the breakfast items: pastries, cereals, yogurt, etc. You would also make sure all prepared lunches are given out to the guests as they leave.
Clean-Up volunteers: This shift is from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM and would entail vacuuming the carpeted areas in the fellowship hall and dining area outside the kitchen. It also includes wiping down all used pads and bagging used linens in the laundry bags (the guests help with that, too). Both bathrooms are to be cleaned as well as the kitchen. Tables and chairs in the dining area are taken down and reconfigured into their normal weekly setup. We also help the Pray & Play group with their minimal table/chairs set-up in rooms 1 & 2. The laundry bags are set outside the back door for the laundry service’s pick-up.
Clean-Up Coordinator: (New position opening - we really need filled!) The Coordinator will call all former clean-up volunteers already established before the beginning of the PADS season to make sure all are still on board and will plug in any new volunteers into any Wednesday schedule that needs more workers. The coordinator may or may not participate in the actual clean-up but must make sure all crews each week are fully staffed by making reminder calls each week and getting substitutes to fill in when needed.
To volunteer or have questions– contact Ann DeBartolo at Ann.DeBartolo@CVLutheran.org or 847-364-1085.
PADS UPDATES: 2016
1. Journeys has revised their youth volunteer protocol to include 7th through 10th graders with a parent or guardian and 11th & 12th graders on their own. Both groups may volunteer on the 1st shift and clean up shift. An orientation session at Journeys must precede working on site.
2. Journeys is trying to make the PADS program a year-round program, with sites open overnight even during the summer months. Because we usually see a drop off of numbers in the warm fall or spring months, they figure only one site each night of the week would be sufficient to handle the summer numbers rather than the nightly 2 or 3 open sites offered during the winter months. They are contacting other area churches to encourage them to take on the 5 months not covered by the normal PADS season. They haven’t established this as a “for sure” plan as yet, but have a few on board thus far. We will keep you posted!