A note from our Executive Director

Dear Friends of PADS -


We’re all going through a storm right now that is destabilizing our health and well-being—it will be worst for those whose well-being was already on a shaky foundation. PADS’ dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters are working together to ensure the safety of our neighbors experiencing homelessness in the near term by providing all of our regular services and adding individual accommodations for clients, meals and delivery, more regular medical screenings, and more. In the long-term, we anticipate that our services will be an essential part of rebuilding the physical, financial, and social well-being that the pandemic is weakening. Our ability to weather this storm hinges on our ability to provide the support and resources necessary in an ever-changing environment and to plan and prepare for the rebuilding process that will follow.

While we’re currently facing a wide range of challenges and know that there are more to come in the future, we are also filled with gratitude and hope. Our community has responded to the pandemic not with fear, but with compassion and generosity. They have sought to find whatever ways they can to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness—and it is only through their support that we are able to continue to provide new services without cutting any of our regular programs.

If you are interested in helping, please consider making a gift to support our ongoing efforts or donating essential items (a list of which can be found below).

Thank you and be well!

Meghan Powell-Filler
Executive Director

Service Updates 

A New Shelter Season


Typically, this is the time of year that we’re working with our fantastic volunteers at our rotating shelter sites to prepare for another Shelter Season. As has been the case with so much the past few months, these services will be adjusting significantly to accommodate the moment and account for the safety of our clients as well as our staff, volunteers, and community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
There are many unknowns and our plan is ever-evolving, but as of this writing we are not planning on opening any of our rotating shelter sites due to volunteer staffing, health and safety concerns. These clients will continue to work with their Case Managers to find long-term housing solutions.

We will be working with local hotels to provide emergency shelter to anyone who is in need. From there, new clients from this location will be connected to a Case Manager who will either provide a referral for a hotel stay or work with them to find a more appropriate housing solution.

We thank everyone for their understanding as we continue to pivot our services to meet the ever-changing needs of our community and work to provide the best possible services for our clients.

Read more in our community partner update memo.



PADS continues to provide shelter and services throughout this pandemic. We will be in alignment with state protocols and continue to be proactive by following the additional safety precautions that have kept the number of known COVID-19 infections among our clients and staff to 0.

While the COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted our normal operations, we continue to provide shelter, case management, and more to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. In addition to our increased health and safety measures:

  • PADS will continue to provide hotel stays to anyone in need. 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.

  • Clients in hotels will continue to be provided with remote Case Management services to help them find a stable, long-term housing solution. In addition, we will continue to work with anyone at risk of becoming homeless through our Prevention & Diversion program to work as their advocates and connect them to resources that can help to keep them in their current housing.

  • All clients will continue to receive a daily health screening. Clients in ill health will be referred to healthcare professionals and PADS will do everything we can to support anyone struggling with a health concern.

  • We will continue to practice social distancing as much as possible while meeting with clients and community members.

You Can Help



  • Hand sanitizer

  • Latex gloves

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Grocery store gift cards

  • Fast food gift cards

  • Individual, ready-made meals for clients staying in motels

  • Non-perishable, microwavable meals (Easy Mac, Barilla pasta, Hormel Completes, ramen bowls), bread, peanut butter/jelly, fruit cups (with pull tabs), chips/pretzels/snacks, bottled water

  • Reusable shopping bags and boxes

  • Individual meal containers (microwave-safe)

  • Travel-sized spray bottles (for hand sanitizer distribution)

  • Men's and women's sweatpants and sweatshirts

In-kind donations gratefully accepted at our Day Resource Center (1800 Grand Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085) Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4PM.

Fund Our Work

From finding individual accommodations for clients and increasing staff to meet the increased demand for services, to purchasing additional supplies and providing transportation for clients, the PADS team is ramping up our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This has led to a growing number of unexpected expenses for PADS—and we anticipate that these expenses will continue to grow both as the shelter-in-place order continues and in the aftermath of the pandemic. Financial contributions to support our efforts make an immediate impact and are appreciated more than you could ever possibly know. Click here to make a donation or send your check to:

PADS Lake County
ATTN: Development
1800 Grand Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085


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