How DuPage PADS Works
Here’s how hotel-based shelter works: Clients receiving emergency shelter are connected to a case manager from our Client Service Center. The case manager assists with developing a rehousing plan to help clients leave the emergency shelter to permanent housing; they also provide additional support to help clients access employment, financial resources, healthcare, and more. While utilizing shelter, clients also have access to meals and other basic necessities including showers, toiletries, mail service,
Last year, through all of our programs, we served 1,145 individuals—265 of whom were children. Our mission at DuPagePads is to end homelessness in DuPage County, and our goal each year is to help individuals and families recognize their dream of having a safe home of their own.
All of us at DuPagePads are incredibly proud to have a 4-Star Charity Navigator rating. It provides a way for us to assure our donors that we are using their resources wisely, and gives us the opportunity to be transparent to our community. Our Charity Navigator rating is something we share in grant applications, as well as our annual impact statement.
We’re so excited to receive our Charity Navigator rating in time for the holidays! This year’s giving season is so incredibly important for our services. Clients are coming to our doors in higher numbers than ever before. Pre-pandemic, in the height of winter need, we were serving 150 people per night. Currently, we are providing a safe place to sleep for 250. That’s 100 more people in just two years. And about one-third of them are children. Our team at DuPagePads continues to live the value that everyone should have a safe place to call home—and that no child should have to sleep in a car—through our work. We are so grateful to our donors and volunteers for standing with us to make this possible.
Authored by April Redzic, President & CEO, DuPage PADS, an organization championing the journey to end homelessness for 36 years for thousands in DuPage County, Illinois. Learn more about their programs and services at www.dupagepads.org and support their work!