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Spring 2013

Key Notes We’re not managing homelessness. We’re ending it.

A newsletter for friends and supporters of West Suburban PADS

How much does it cost your community, per year, to sustain one homeless person living on the streets? Between $35,000 and $150,000, on average. How much does it cost to end their homelessness by providing housing with case management services? $13,000 to $25,000 annually.* “Supportive housing works,” says PADS Executive Director Lynda Schueler. “We get people off the streets and eliminate risk factors like exposure to harsh temperatures and untreated drug habits. We replace their reliance on survival behaviors with connections to stabilizing resources. We restore their dignity.” Here’s how we’re implementing our vision. *Source: Tampa Bay Times interview with Philip Mangano, president of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness, March 8, 2012.

NEW Street Outreach & Engagement Program

“100,000 Homes” Campaign

Our new Street Outreach & Engagement (O&E) program targets individuals and families who have lost their housing and are living in places not meant for human habitation (parks, forest preserves, cars). Since we launched the program in Oak Park, Berwyn and Cicero less than a year ago, we’ve engaged with 86 people who were unaware of, or people engaged unwilling to connect in services West Suburban PADS Street Outreach & with, the services Engagement Team: Nikki, Brittney & Kimber people moved into available to them. supportive housing We’ve helped 10 of the people move into permanent supportive housing. By getting them off the street and linked to case management, the Street O&E Team helps shift their focus from daily survival to the resolution of long-term needs. Funding for this program is provided by The Chicago Community Trust, the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township and the Village of Oak Park.

The “100,000 Homes” Campaign is a national movement of communities working together to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals. West Suburban PADS’ Director of Programs Teri Curran is Annual goal chairperson of for suburban the Campaign for Cook County Teri, Director of Programs, conducts a people housed Suburban Cook homelessness survey at 5th Avenue and Lake Street in Maywood on Jan. 24. County, which People housed Photo by Natasha Wasinski~For Sun-Times since August was launched Media (February 1, 2013) in January. “Permanent Supportive Housing is the most cost-efficient intervention when contrasted with the costs of emergency shelters, prison cells and hospitalization,” says Teri. “This campaign promotes a Housing First model of moving individuals directly from the streets into housing, as a platform for addressing the root causes of their homelessness.”

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COMING IN 2014 “Open Door Housing” – a multi-year expansion of Permanent Supportive Housing Program

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Permanent supportive housing (housing

site units throughout west Cook County by

+ case management) serves individuals

2016. The positive impact will be significant.

and families who are homeless and have

The supply of permanent supportive housing

a disabling condition. With funding from

units lags far behind the demand. In fact, 263

the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

clients (55% of the shelter population) in our

For more information about how you

Development (HUD), we will increase our

service area last year would have qualified for

can help support this important growth

Open Door Housing program’s capacity from

our Open Door Housing program, but instead

initiative, send us a note at contactus@

13 housing units to more than 80 scattered-

were living on the streets or in shelters.

600% = increase


more people housed

Thank you, PADS Volunteers, for being part of our Solution to Homelessness!

NEWS My experience on the front lines of helping people return to stable housing by Abby Prescott – Shelter Site Captain at Grace Episcopal Church of Oak Park PADS has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom, who has been volunteering with PADS for nearly 20 years, would bring my siblings and me to help at the shelters when we were in elementary school. I’m 24 now, and despite being away from PADS during my college years, I am glad to say I have become involved again by taking on the role of a shelter site captain. After every monthly shift I can’t help but feel thankful, enriched, and reassured. I say reassured because I’m reminded that there are so many

PADS’ 1,000 volunteers help nurture the basic well-being of our guests and encourage their work toward self-sufficiency goals, in both the Emergency Shelter and our Maywood Support Center. Volunteers also help with fundraising and special events, contribute professional expertise (e.g. design, photography, legal and medical counsel) and lend a diversity of talents and perspectives to our Board of Directors and Friends of PADS Advisory Committee. For more information about volunteer opportunities, email us at

good people in our community; not just our volunteers who are glad to be giving their time and efforts, but our guests who are always so appreciative and gracious. It is because of my work with PADS that I have decided to dedicate my summer to Bike and Build, an organization whose primary goal is to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing through cross country bike trips. Beginning in June, I’ll join 30 other teammates as we depart from Maine for our bike ride across sixteen states, finishing in California. This ride will call attention to the need for affordable housing and shelter. Along our route we’ll

WISH LIST Your donation of the following items will help guests in our Emergency Shelter and those who have recently moved into housing. Please call 708.338.1724 to make arrangements for delivery of your donation to our Support Center (1851 S. Ninth Ave., Maywood).

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Abby’s “Bike and Build” Rider Page:

also help build homes and give presentations to local communities. I’m looking forward to traveling to other communities this summer, while the PADS shelter season is on hiatus, and hope to come back with as many fulfilling stories as PADS has given me over the years.

Mens’ socks Mens’ underwear T-shirts (L, XL) Double-edged razors CTA and PACE transportation passes TVs (in working order) New pots and pans New bedding (queen size)



...for these spectacular events Contact Teri M. at, or 708.338.1724, ext. 230 to find out how to get tickets.

3rd Annual PADS Games Thursday, July 25, 2013 7-10 p.m. Teams of up to 6 people $35 per person

• Trivia Night at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn • Great prizes, raffle items & free food!

2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 7-11:30 p.m. $75 per costumed guest

• Rock concert with a cause at Oak Park’s 19th Century Club

• Costume contest, food & spirits, ghoulish fun!

16th Annual Have-a-Heart Gala Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 $175 per person

• At the Chicago Union League Club • Silent auction, dinner & dancing!

PARTNERSHIP Spotlight West Cook Y

Our Interim Housing program was launched in January 2011 as a partnership with West Cook YMCA in Oak Park to close the gap between our Emergency Shelter program (the safety net where guests “land” when they’re in crisis) and our Supportive Housing program (where clients work toward self-sufficiency and can live independently). We are fortunate to have a partnership with the West Cook Y to provide interim housing for our male clients who have an income or a plan for obtaining imminent housing.

Oak Park & River Forest Food Pantry and Prevail (formerly the Walk-In Ministry) These two agencies share our desire to help low- and very low-income individuals and families achieve and maintain - stability and self-sufficiency. They also share two of our 10 AmeriCorps members!

Benefits Coordinator pre-screens PADS’ and Food Pantry clients to determine their resource needs (e.g. food stamps, general assistance, medical cards) and then helps them apply for benefits such as Social Security and unemployment. Job Developer splits her time between PADS and Prevail, helping clients research and pursue job opportunities, prepare resumes and cover letters. This member conducts employment workshops and contributes to PADS’ employment readiness group program – Career Passport.

Thank you to Winberie’s, Maya del Sol and Cucina Paradiso for serving up another successful Progressive Dinner fundraiser!

These restaurants donated exquisite cuisine, impeccable service and charming space for more than 200 Progressive Dinner guests. For all of us, the ultimate satisfaction came from knowing that 100% of ticket sales would be invested in PADS’ Homeless Prevention program. You can help us express our appreciation for their commitment to the well-being of all the people of this community by choosing Winberie’s, Maya del Sol, Cucina Paradiso and Caribou Coffee as your dining-out destinations year-round. Special thanks goes to the Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau for a spectacular raffle basket!

stabilize more homeless individuals and families in case management-supported housing, reducing their length of stay in our emergency shelter provide access to medical, mental health and substance abuse services, employment counseling, financial literacy education, and tuition support give one-time rental or utility assistance to prevent the loss of housing. Homelessness is a 24/7, year-round problem. So must be our solution. After all, West Suburban PADS is the only dedicated homeless services provider in near-west Cook County. Thank you for your support.

• Click on the secure link at • Give by check (payable to West Suburban PADS) • Call 708-338-1724 (ext. 262)

Our Service Area

(as of May 2013)

1851 S. 9th Ave. Maywood, IL 60153

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Key Notes: Spring 2013  

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