My Efforts Daily To End Homelessness

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Everyone we serve is someone's family member, and together we served 679 in our emergency shelter, and placed 182 in transitional and permanent housing. Thank you for partnering with us to improve the lives of so many.
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Carletta's story

As a result of difficult circumstances, Carletta became homeless. She lived in an emergency shelter for eight months and temporarily lost custody of her oldest daughter, Sania. "I have always been determined to do something with my life, said Carletta. As a parent, my children and I deserve better, and it's my job to fight for my girls and myself."
Carletta went to court to fight for custody of her daughter Sanai, "the judge ruled in my favor because I could prove that I had stable, affordable housing. Today, I am in a much better position to find gainful employment and pursue my educational goals."
"There were times when I didn't know where my girls and I would sleep from night to night, but because of the compassion of the staff at SSPADS, and giving, caring people, we are on higher ground - it's an amazing day!" 
On May 7, 2015, Carletta graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a degree in Education. Her determination and your support were a critical factor in her success.
Thank you.
Many family members still need your support.

SSPADS is privileged to have donors like you. Through our partnership, we can offer family members the opportunity to become self-sufficient, housed citizens who make a difference in their communities. Your support has helped so many like Carletta, and we are grateful for you. But there are still thousands of homeless family members who do not have the opportunity to sleep in a warm home.
Please donate today. Thank you - - We are very appreciative of the Leadership of our treasured CEO Dr. Geraldine Palmer.


Our Emergency Shelter Network (ESN) is a program that provides emergency, overnight shelter from October 1, through April 30th. Men, women and children seek refuge in safe, warm locations (30-sites) where they are able to connect with SSPADS' intensive case managers who work diligently to help our participants make the transition from homelessness to becoming social and economic investors in the communities where they live and work.

Volunteer or Host

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available at each of the 30- shelter sites in our network. There are also volunteer site manager opportunities as well. Volunteers play an integral role in our agency and programs, not only lending a physical helping hand, but encouraging, supporting and cheering for our participants as well. For more information on how you can volunteer, please call Darryl Calhoun at (708) 218-3071 or email at


SOUTH SUBURBAN PADS - PADS offers free, emergency, overnight shelter nightly from 7p.m. to 7a.m. between  October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 For more information about South Suburban PADS, please call (708) 754-4357   SOUTH TIER 


Flossmoor Community  Church Restoration Ministries           Hazel Crest Community Church   2218 Hutchison Rd., Flossmoor    15331 S. Broadway, Harvey       17050 S. California, Hazel Crest                    (MEN ONLY)         (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY)  (MEN ONLY)  


MONDAY St Paul Lutheran                                                   Christian Life Center (CLC) 330 W. Highland, Chicago Heights              2552 W 135th Street (10th & Ashland))                 Blue Island  (MEN ONLY)                 (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY) 


TUESDAY Infant Jesus of Prague                  Church of the Holy Family      Leavitt & Flossmoor Rd., Flossmoor                     Sauk Trail & Orchard, Park Forest (MEN ONLY)                                                                       (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY)  


St. Andrews Methodist Church 18850 S. Riegel Road, Homewood (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY) 


THURSDAY St. Irenaeus                   New Faith Baptist Int’l Church     Orchard & Indianwood, Park Forest            25 S. Central, Matteson (CO-ED)                          (CO-ED)  


FRIDAY   St. Lawrence O’Toole                    4101 St. Lawrence, Matteson                                        (CO-ED)                                                      SATURDAY 
Faith United Protestant Church           Living Springs Community Church      10 S. Hemlock, Park Forest              19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood       (MEN ONLY)      (WOMEN & FAMILY ONLY)    


CHICAGO HEIGHTS OFFICE 414 WEST LINCOLN HIGHWAY CHICAGO HEIGHTS 708-754-4357  - MONDAY-THURSDAY 9AM TIL 3PM FRIDAY - NO CLIENT SERVICES - SOUTH SUBURBAN PADS - PADS offers free, emergency, overnight shelter nightly from 7p.m. to 7a.m. between  October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 For more information about South Suburban PADS, please call (708) 754-4357                                         




Harvest Time Worship Center                                                Salem United Church of Christ 8420 S. Narragansett Ave                                                 9717 S. Kostner Ave                 Burbank                                       


Oak Lawn                                     (MEN ONLY)                     (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY) 


MONDAY Southwest Alliance Church                              St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church      9855 S. Kean, Palos Hills                             9300 W. 107th St. Palos Hills                 (MEN ONLY)                          (WOMEN & CHILDREN ONLY) TUESDAY 
St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church 11005 So.  76TH Ave. Worth (CO-ED) 


Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church 10810 S. Oxford Chicago Ridge (CO-ED) 


Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ                                 Calvin Christian Reformed Church          9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn                                               10056 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn       (CO-ED)                                                                                            (MEN ONLY)        FRIDAY 
St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church                         Sacred Heart Catholic Church                11007 S. 76th Ave., Worth             8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills                      (CO-ED)                       (CO-ED)        


SATURDAY Trinity Lutheran Church                                       Redeemer Lutheran Church 9701 S. Brandt, Oak Lawn                                        4955 W. 158th St., Oak Forest                (CO-ED)                                             (CO-ED)                    OAK  LAWN OFFICE 10037 S. RIDGELAND OAK LAWN 708-233-1221 


We have a need to establish a Emergency Shelter Site location on Wednesdays and Fridays.



Research shows that the best approach to ending homelessness is by quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing-and then providing additional supports and services as they are needed. SSPADS provides a variety of transitional and permanent supportive housing program options and works to support the Housing First model.


Transitional Housing


With appropriate assistance, families and individuals experiencing homelessness, can quickly get themselves back on their feet and progress to self-sufficiency. Through transitional housing individuals and families are stabilized and provided wrap-around services that include case management, recovery services and counseling and out-patient treatment, employment, life skills training including financial management, among other skills training to build their capacity to secure and retain permanent housing.


Families First Transitional (FFT) housing program combines special on-site programs with interim-housing and supportive services for families with children under the age of 18.  Funded primarily by Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this program is in partnership with Together We Cope (TWC) and has a total of 8 units.


Project WISH provides 12-units of transitional and permanent supportive housing. The program is funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) and is a partnership with SSPADS and Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS). SSPADS serves as the lead and fiscal agent on the collaborative.


Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)


Families First Permanent (FFP) supportive housing program is designed to serve families where the head of household has a mental or physical disability and in need of long-term rental subsidies of both housing and services. This program is also in partnership with Together We Cope (TWC) and has 6 units.


Project W-Chance offers long term housing assistance and case management for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. This is a collaborative partnership with Pillars and has 7 units.


Country Club Hills Wellness Center (CCHWC) is a 77-unit permanent supportive housing development located in County Club Hills, Illinois and opened by SSPADS in 2012. The development holds project-based rental subsidies to house individuals and families in studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. CCHWC features a full commercial kitchen for our culinary arts program, computer lab, community room, class room space and a conference room. CCHWC is a partnership between SSPADS and Turnstone Development Corporation.


Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) serves families and individuals. SSPADS assumed ownership from IFF of  2 multi-unit buildings with 6 units in order to provide affordable housing to families and individuals experiencing homelessness.


Project WIN now serves as a permanent supportive housing initiative for those chronically homeless and recently released from a medical or mental health facility. The project provides 12 units and is a partnership with Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS), BEDS and South Suburban PADS. Housing Forward serves as the lead and fiscal agent.


Since it’s opening nearly 25 years ago, SSPADS has served 14,229 men, women and children; and 422,780 shelter nights have been provided. Many of those same congregations are still are partners today (25 fact). In addition to emergency shelter SSPADS provides permanent  supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our Country Club Hills Wellness Center.

Mission Statement



South Suburban PADS' commitment is act out of  "charity" or love towards our fellow human beings, particularly those who are struggling from social and spiritual oppression including homelessness and hopelessness.


We support Mead (2011) in his premise that helping those less fortunate is a priority, but  'helping' primarily means to restore those less fortunate to community rather than simply to subsidize or liberate.   (p. 62).  The community is based on mutual expectations about good behavior. Poverty, Mead argues represents system failure where normally, society has neglected those in need. But, the answer to alleviating poverty is not necessarily redistribution, but the building of relationships through transformed lives, where both sides give and receive.


In essence our work strives not to spend more or less on those we help, but to do what our program participants require most. Practical assistance is needed, everyone needs something tangible, but it also requires challenging them to think differently, advocate for themselves and extend compassion, to the best of their ability to others as well


Core Values

As in any construction project, the finished project doesn't just happen, at least with precision and sustainability without a well drawn floor plan or blue print. Our core values represent our blue print.

Our core values fall under three themes:


1)  Empowering Others

- Giving people the tools they need to succeed

- Encouragement

- Fostering self-esteem


2) Compassion

- Empathy in action

- Love in action

-Nonjudgmental acceptance


3) Respect for all

- Listening to the ideas and opinions of others

- Being inclusive

- Open communication



History and Overview

South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) has humble beginnings not unlike most social service or human services agency.  We began in 1990 as a response to the growing numbers of individuals and families becoming homeless in the “southland” region (Chicago’s south suburbs). Originally partnering with three congregations, an overnight, emergency shelter network was born. Today, the emergency shelter network is still in existence and the 3 sites have grown  to 26. However, rather than a stand-alone program, the shelter network is a response to individual and family homelessness and an effective way to engage participants so we can move them on to transitional and optimally, permanent supportive and affordable housing.


Since it’s opening 25 years ago, SSPADS has served over 14,000 men, women and children; and over 422,780 shelter nights have been provided. In addition to the shelter network SSPADS now manages 83 owned rental units and manages another 18 leased permanent supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our  Country Club Hills Wellness Center. To bolster housing stability, supportive services are provided and include an on-site primary health care program, employment services comprised of job readiness, a culinary arts training program and placement in living wage jobs with a career path.


SSPADS is well aware that no organization can be successful without our partners who sacrifice, time, talent and gifts. We are grateful for their support, prayers and well-wishes. Ending homelessness is a daunting task, but we press on…


From humble beginnings, to a leader in the “southland” region, SSPADS is on the move, transforming lives, building community, and changing systems.


Who We Serve


As a leading provider of emergency shelter

services, transitional and permanent housing,

SSPADS serves individuals and families who

are experiencing homelessness, formerly

homeless, or at-risk of homelessness.

Participants must be 18 years of age

and older to participate in all of SSPADS'

programs. If you are an unaccompanied

youth and need resources you may call us

and receive referrals to an appropriate





SSPADS' has 26 shelter locations in 16 communities in the south suburbs of  Chicago. Our service area includes communities Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, Oak Lawn, Burbank, Park Forest, Harvey, Ford Heights, Tinley Park, Palos Heights, Hazel Crest, Matteson, and many more!




SSPADS is the only agency in the south suburbs delivering the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) model of shelter services; and is the first agency to develop and build, in partnership with Turnstone Development Corporation, the first permanent supportive housing building in the region, specifically for individuals and families ecperiencing homelessness.

Our Locations

South Tier

414 W. Lincoln Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411



North Tier

10037 S. Ridgeland

Oak Lawn, IL 60453



Wellness Center

4411 W. Gatling Blvd.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478



Since 2005 I have the great pleasure of serving as an emergency Shelter-Site-Manager, and as a Board member.



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ba`B Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Hello Dale helping to shelter families year around is paying it forward. Many young children have no idea why they don't have a home and your organization helps to solve this problem amongst the many other benefits you offer.

Dec 08, 2015 07:43 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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SSPADS is such a wonderful organization.....great way to "pay it forward" and help the homeless in your community.

Dec 08, 2015 09:05 PM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dale - this organization certainly has made a difference in the life of Carletta and her family.   Thank you for letting us know about it and the many successes as well as the ongoing need in these still difficult times.   

Dec 08, 2015 10:06 PM #3
Belinda Spillman
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Thanks for making such a difference in the world one family at a time.  

Dec 09, 2015 01:05 AM #4
Sam Shueh
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A lot of orgs are pitching in help homeless.

This is very nice gesture,


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