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Help us Create a Brighter Future

A note from our Executive Director

For 30 years, PADS Lake County has worked to ensure that no man, woman, or child goes without the basic needs of life. To that end, PADS—with its committed staff and volunteers—has consistently and passionately provided holistic resources, need-based support, and nightly shelter 365 days a year for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


We’re proud of our roots and have worked to build upon our organization’s original foundation to evolve alongside the needs of our community. Ensuring that every family in Lake County has access to shelter means recognizing that there is no one-size-fits all solution to homelessness. In order to meet the complex needs of the clients we serve, we have broadened our scope of services to include Prevention & Diversion, Healthcare Access, Outreach, and more.

Every year, I am filled with gratitude for our community members who rise to meet the needs of our neighbors time and time again. This year, please join us as we continue to move toward a Lake County where 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 need. We cannot do it without you.


On behalf of all community members that we serve, please accept my warmest and most sincere thank you for your generosity. It truly makes a difference.



Joel Williams
​Executive Director

PS: Thanks to a generous foundation, all new & increased gifts (up to $20,000) will be matched dollar for dollar.

​As we seek to provide the best solutions for our community, we've asked three key questions:

What if we could stop individuals & families from becoming homeless? 


​Our Prevention and Diversion Program works to provide early intervention for persons who are near homelessness to give them the resources and support necessary to keep them in their current home and out of the shelter system.

This program helps to reduce the number of families becoming homeless, the demand for shelter beds, and the size of program wait lists.

What if we could reach people in the community to engage them in services?


​Our Outreach Program seeks to find and engage persons experiencing homelessness out in the community—sleeping on the streets, in cars, tents, or elsewhere. We literally meet them where they are and help engage them into services that will provide the resources and support they need to find long-term, stable housing. These are often the most vulnerable individuals, and oftentimes have some resistance to services. Building trust and rapport is a key component to a successful outreach program.

What if those experiencing homelessness didn't have to worry about their healthcare needs on top of everything else? 


​The PADS Homeless Healthcare Access Program provides on-site assessments and services, increased access to health care professionals, transportation to and from appointments, prescription assistance and storage, and other important resources.

​By eliminating some of the barriers that prevent clients from seeking and receiving medical care, they can get the treatment necessary to improving their physical health so that they can focus on finding stable housing and moving into self-sufficiency.