Housing Forward (PADS)


Housing Forward (PADS) – Housing Forward has provided many services in addition to its emergency shelter program. In 2015, to better reflect their work and their mission of solving homelessness, West Suburban PADS changed its name to Housing Forward. These impressive 2015 numbers (rounded) illustrate the impact of Housing Forward as it works diligently to solve homelessness.

  • 800 individuals received PREVENTION assistance ending a crisis before they became homeless.
  • 500 individuals received 12,000 nights of SHELTER.

Volunteers can assist in a number of projects throughout the year for Housing Forward, from weekly overnight shelters around the Oak Park area via PADS, to summer transitional programs held at St. Giles, to collection of household items for the “House to Home Kits” program. Contact Maureen Hunter for more information at maureen.hunter@comcast.net.

Site Captain Needed for St. Giles Crew!

St. Giles and St. Giles Family Mass has been extremely dedicated and generous to Housing Forward and its mission “to transition individuals and families from housing crisis to housing stability.” This is particularly evidenced by the St. Giles crews that staff the PADS emergency shelters on the first and second Mondays of each month. Impressively, St. Giles volunteers have staffed shelter nights since the founding of PADS over 25 years ago.

For many years, I have had the privilege of being the Site Captain for the First Monday crew, but I am going to hang up my Site Captain hat and therefore, a replacement is needed from the St. Giles community. Site Captain responsibilities mainly include organizing the volunteer crew and overseeing the running of the shelter for the first shift which is from 6-10 pm on the first Mondays of each month from October through May.

Our current crew is incredibly dedicated, averaging over 12 years of service to PADS and the homeless community. Their years of experience certainly simplify the job of Site Captain. I know their service has made, and will continue to make, a difference for the sixty people who find shelter, a homemade dinner, and plenty of warm smiles greeting them as they enter the shelter on First Mondays. Housing Forward, the guests, and I are beyond grateful for all they do…

Lainie Barnett, Betsy, Mark, Will, Norman and Edie Carroll, Lottie Catambrone, Janet Coffey, Laura Gerace, Patty Holden Nelson, Mary Joss, Bill Keefe, Mark and Nate Laboe, Jack and Mimi Lane, John Leroux, Jeanette Madock, Caitlin Mooney, Jordan Murphy, Mark and Patrice Roche, Bill Schroeder, Tom Shallenberger, Tim Sterrett, and Rich Toll.

Please contact Maureen Hunter at 708-250-0686 or at Maureen.hunter@comcast.net if interested in volunteering as Site Captain for the St. Giles crew.