PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, and is an organization that provides support for homeless people. They work to meet an individual’s basic needs first – through a place to sleep, eat, shower, wash clothes, etc – and then provides case management to help individuals make a plan to exit homelessness.
Learn more about their mission on PADS of Elgin’s website.
At UUCE, our volunteers prepare lunch for PADS each Monday. Each meal has multiple components, and volunteers can sign up to prepare the entire meal for the week, or only part. The number of lunches depends on the number of guests at PADS. The sign up schedule will tell you how many lunches need to be prepared.
During the pandemic, prepared meals are dropped off at the shelter and served by PADS staff.
The meal components are:
- A main dish and a starch (incorporated in the main dish or as a side dish)
- Vegetables or a salad
- Fruit or a dessert
More detailed information can be found on this month’s online sign-up.