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South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1990 as a response to the growing numbers of individuals and families becoming homeless in the Southland region (Chicago’s south/southwest suburbs).


South Suburban Pads Mission -


SSPADS’ mission is to prevent and end homelessness. Key characteristics of SSPADS’ programs are interfaith partnerships, hospitality, compassion, service and dignity.


South Suburban Pads Vision


SSPADS aspires to be a leading agency in the fight to end homelessness. Through compassion and respectful support, we empower individuals and families who are atrisk of experiencing homelessness to reach their full potential.


South Suburban Pads Core Values

Empowering Others - Compassion - Respect for All




SSPADS has provided emergency overnight shelter in the South and Southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1990. Thanks to the help of over 20,000 volunteers over the years, to date we’ve served over 15,000 men, women and children and provided over 500,000 nights of shelter. 


Shelter  Snapshot 


(Oct. 1, 2014 thru April 30, 2015) Over 678 people were served at over 30 locations over the course of over 211 days, resulting in over 19,370 nights of shelter!   For more information about the shelter sites available Oct. 1, 2015 thru April 30, 2016, please visit our website




Emergency Shelter Shift VOLUNTEERS NEEDED As little as 4 hours of your time each month can help homeless individuals have a sense of security for one night!  South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) provides shelter, meals and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the South and Southwest suburbs of Chicago. 


SSPADS Winter Emergency Shelters are open  October 1st through April 30th   SSPADS Summer Emergency Shelters are open  May 1st through September 30th  


EMERGENCY SHELTER OPERATIONS 1st Shift - 6:00pm to 11:00pm 2nd Shift – 10:45pm to 3:00am 3rd Shift – 2:45am to 7:00am  If interested, please email


Growth & Partnership 


It’s 2015 and we’re excited about the future of SSPADS! The agency is undergoing transformation and change to more effectively serve our participants across all programs. We have been working hard to strengthen and expand our programs and services and are very thankful to all of our partners who help us do our work, fulfilling our objectives and initiatives.  SSPADS is pleased to be one of the 198 agencies recently selected as a Partner Agency by United Way Metropolitan Chicago for the Live United 2020 Community Grant Making Fund for the FY16-17 grant cycle. This grant of $50,000 will be used to provide access to behavioral/ mental healthcare and housing assistance.  SSPADS is also working to serve individuals, men and women, who have been formerly incarcerated. Navigating life outside of incarceration — particularly as it relates to housing stability and employment — can be very challenging. We are excited to be in partnership with the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) as the recipient of Recidivism Reduction Funding in the amount of $24,000.  We are looking forward to keeping our supporters and the broader community  informed with up-to-date information about our partnerships, work and service. Please visit our website,, for more information.




"The sisters affectionately known as “The Twins” had been homeless since 2008. I first met them 3 years ago, in the winter of 2012. I offered them a housing opportunity but they declined. They were angry, distrustful, and frustrated with the entire plight of being homeless at that time and were not convinced that SSPADS could provide them with the solutions they needed. Despite their objections, I didn’t give up on them." 


"I continued to engage with the two women by offering them encouragement, support and tangible items (e.g. bus passes, socks, toiletries, gift cards, etc.) to build relationships with this special pair. Prior to receiving bus passes, the ladies would walk through all types of inclement weather just to get to and from the shelter sites. One day, one of the sisters got hit by a car while walking in the snow, damaging one of her legs. This made their journeys much more difficult, but SSPADS was there to help. As they visited the Chicago Heights office more frequently, and with the help of the bus passes, trust was built and they were ultimately willing to let SSPADS’ team and I help them find stable housing.  I was able to find them a 2-bedroom apartment thanks to a program the Housing Manager, Regina Stevens, created with Bloom Township."


"They moved in on May 1, 2015 and through rental assistance will be able to retain housing until the SSPADS’ team can assist them with finding senior housing or other permanent supportive housing. They also received assistance to furnish their entire apartment from other resources in the community, such as local churches and an agency called Love, INC of Tinley Park."      - Pamela Barbee, Community Outreach /HUB Case Manager 


Emergency Shelter List 2015-2016 - Chicago-Southland


Flossmoor Community Church- Sunday, M Restoration Ministries- Sunday , W&C Hazel Crest Community Church- Sunday , M St. Paul Lutheran- Monday , M Christian Life Center- Monday , W&C Infant Jesus of Prague- Tuesday , M Church of the Holy Family- Tuesday , W&C St. Andrews Methodist Church- Wednesday , W&C St. Irenaeus- Thursday , Co - Ed New Faith Baptist Int’l Church- Thursday , Co - Ed  St. Lawrence O’Toole- Friday , Co - Ed St. Agnes– Friday , M Faith United Protestant Church- Saturday, M Living Springs Community Church- Saturday , W&C North Tier Harvest Time Worship Center- Sunday , M Salem United Church of Christ- Sunday , W&C Southwest Alliance Church- Monday , M St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church- Monday , W&C St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church- Tuesday , Co-Ed Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church- Wednesday , Co-Ed Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ- Thursday , Co-Ed Calvin Christian Reformed Church- Thursday, M St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church- Friday , Co-Ed Sacred Heart Catholic Church- Friday , Co-Ed Trinity Lutheran Church- Saturday , Co-Ed Redeemer Lutheran Church- Saturday , Co-Ed KEY: W&C = women and children; M = Men, Co-Ed = men and women


Our goal is to always make a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve and to our community and that means our children as well. Homeless prevention services starts with them!


Culinary Wellness Program Washburne Culinary Institute (WCI) conducted a site visit at our Country Club Hills Wellness Center (CCHWC) to finalize its partnership with SSPADS to provide program participants with a career path to the culinary/hospitality industry. Culinary wellness classes are currently running 3 times a week and participation is increasing for CCHWC residents. The focus for July was low sodium foods, low carbs, and low fat cooking techniques.


Outreach & Engagement Since 2012, we have had formally engaged in “street outreach” throughout the North and South Tiers.  Through these efforts, in the month of July we were able to assist 5 individuals in applying for apartments in Matteson, obtain 20 phones for clients, complete 59 Hunger Coalition Surveys, and obtain 109 signatures for the petition in opposition of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to Supportive Housing Services.


2015 Shelter Needs  Travel size toiletries  Toothpaste and tooth  brushes  Socks  Hats and gloves  Gift Cards (fast food, chain stores, etc.)  Twin size sheet sets  Laundry soap  Razors  Bleach and cleaning  supplies  - For further information about our needs and where you can send your donations, please contact our Chicago Heights office at 
Thank you!


Need Assistance?


If you ...  are homeless   at risk of becoming homeless… or  Know someone who needs help CONTACT THE CALL CENTER AT (877) 426-6515 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 10 AM TO 2 PM   South Suburban PADS  partners with other community organizations creating access to a network of resources  to benefit households who are at risk of /experiencing homelessness. 


THE CCHWC WAITLIST OPENED ON JUNE 19, 2015 There are currently 21 people on the list for 1-bedroom apartments. We anticipate 6-7 of those will be placed by the end of September. For more information on open waiting list, please visit


Do you have a Heart for Homes?


Research shows that the best approach to ending homelessness is getting people housed as quickly as possible. At SSPADS, we are committed to doing the work necessary to restore and empower people helping to foster positive outcomes, including housing. Consider showing your support for our mission by donating to SSPADS today! Ranch—$1 to $25 Brownstone—$50 Bungalow—$75 Cottage—$100 Tudor—$250  Colonial—$500 Victorian—$1,000 Please make checks payable to South Suburban PADS and mail to our Country Club Hills offices at 4411 W. Gatling Blvd., Country Club Hills, IL 60478; Attention: Courtney Tillman.  Donations can also be made online through our website,  - Don’t forget to Visit our 2015 Online Auction at


Twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall—PADS volunteers stand (or sit) outside the Walt’s Food Stores to collect for South Suburban PADS.  Please contact Lucy Kokal at (708) 799-7953 if you’re interested in volunteering. 


The 2016 CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016.    South Suburban PADS is one of the 7 hungerfighting agencies that receives a share of the proceeds from the South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk, which was held this year on the last Sunday of April.  This year’s CROP Walk raised over $21,803 of which 75% of the proceeds go to fight hunger world -wide through Church World Service (or in some cases through another world-relief agency if so designated by the donor).  The remaining 25% is divided among the 7 local agencies of which SSPADS is one.  Division of these funds is made on the basis of a formula which reflects the number of persons fed by each agency, the agency's participation in the walk, etc.  For more information, please contact Lucy Kokal (708) 799-7953.


South Suburban PADS Headquarters 414 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 - Oak Lawn Office 10037 S. Ridgeland Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 - Country Club Hills Wellness Center Attn: South Suburban PADS 4411 W. Gatling Blvd., Country Club Hills, IL 60478  -


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