PADS Emergency Overnight Shelter
Perhaps what PADS is best known for, the Emergency Overnight Shelter Program ensures that everyone has a safe, warm place to sleep every night from October through April. Operating on a rotating basis, there are at least two sites each night that welcome guests into their facility, usually a local house of worship.
Persons experiencing homelessness are transported via bus from the PADS Day Resource Center to the various shelter sites each night, and then back in the morning. While at the shelter sites, guests receive a dinner, camaraderie and fellowship, breakfast in the morning, and a sack lunch to take with them.
The PADS rotating site system depends on our host sites and corps of more than 3,000 volunteers from religious groups, service organizations, and local businesses, as well as families and individuals who oversee site operations. These dedicated people make a vital difference in the lives of those most in need.
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PADS’ Summer Program operates every night from May through September. Nightly capacity is limited to about 25 individuals, and limited to the most vulnerable of our clientele, usually persons with disabilities. Summer program participants have inherently more difficult barriers to overcome, and the program is more structured during these months to help get them into housing.