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Until April 7, PADS' rotating shelter sites will be closed and we will operate a 24/7 shelter site in a Warren Township government building. Access to this shelter is only available by individuals assessed at our building at 1800 Grand Ave. in Waukegan. Walk-ins are not permitted at this site.

Read more below.

PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. We envision a community in which homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring; one in which anyone who may experience a housing crisis has timely access to the proper resources and services based on their individual needs.

We help individuals and families reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive approach to reducing homelessness. Our holistic services seek to help our neighbors create sturdy foundations in stable homes so that they can build brighter futures for themselves and contribute to our community.


Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus have significantly impacted our normal operations. In order to continue to provide shelter to people experiencing a housing crisis during the outbreak, PADS has changed some of its basic operating procedures in order to account for the safety of the people we serve as well as our staff and volunteers. We are striving to maintain the same level of service as we have in the past. In order to do this, we have made the following adjustments:


  1. Until April 7, PADS will operate a 24/7 shelter site in a Warren Township government

    building. Access to this shelter is only available by individuals assessed at our building at

    1800 Grand Ave. in Waukegan. Walk-ins are not permitted at this site.

  2. PADS is providing hotel stays to clients not otherwise receiving shelter in the Township
    building. Access to these rooms is available to individuals assessed at 1800 Grand. Clients
    will participate in our normal intake procedure and are subject to PADS program standards.

  3. Intake will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Should someone
    require outreach in the community, please have them call our facility at 847-689-4357.

  4. All clients receive a health screening daily including a temperature check. Clients in ill
    health will be referred to healthcare professionals. PADS will do what it can to support
    these individuals.

  5. PADS can not accommodate police drop-offs with this new arrangement. Clients will have
    to be assessed during the intake hours noted above.

    Looking to help? Here are our most immediate needs:


  • Volunteers for our satellite site in Warren Township. You can sign-up for a shift here.

  • Hand sanitizer - large sizes containing at least 60% alcohol preferable

  • Forehead thermometers

  • Latex gloves

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Reusable shopping bags and boxes

  • Nonperishable, microwavable meals  (easy mac, Barilla pasta, Hormel Completes, ramen bowls) bread peanut butter/jelly fruit cups canned foods (with pull tabs as we don’t supply can openers) chips, water

  • Disposable products (styrofoam cups, plastic/paper cups, paper plates/bowls, and plastic silverware)

  • Individual meal containers (microwave-safe)

  • As always, you can make a gift online to support our efforts. As we’ve increased staffing to meet the need for services, your donation will make an immediate impact.