PADS Homeless ministry

Is it not right to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 
Isaiah 58: 7
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a serving ministry of Kingswood Church, seeking to provide temporary shelter, meals, and support for our brothers and sisters without homes and housing. The Buffalo Grove campus works with Journeys the Road Home/Northwest Suburban Cook County PADS to house guests in our Dundee Road building each Tuesday night from October 1 to April 30.  In October 2023, our Tuesday evening shelter reopened at the Buffalo Grove campus.  Families with children are still housed in local hotels. 
If you need further information, email our Site Director Susan Wilson.
If you wish to make a monetary donation to support PADS, you may donate here or mail a check to Kingswood Church at 401 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove, IL  60089.  Please note PADS on memo line.

Volunteering for PADS

There are many volunteer opportunities to support the PADS Ministry at Kingswood Church, from food donations to various shifts to serve our guests.   Volunteering for PADS offers flexibility that suits your schedule.   New volunteers can participate in online PADS training from Journeys The Road Home (our umbrella organization in Palatine), as well as at Kingswood.  Take a look at the  following volunteer duties and consider what might be a good fit for you and your availability:
Donating Food
Please provide enough food to feed 15 adults. Provide pre-cooked main dish or vegetables; provide dinner accompaniments (salad, dessert, milk, juice); provide sack lunch items (bread, lunchmeat, cheese, fruit, bottled water); provide pre-packaged breakfast items (bagels, muffins, microwavable breakfast sandwiches, etc.). All food must be dropped off at Kingswood by 6:00 pm Tuesdays (or the day before and placed in the refrigerator if necessary).
Dinner Shift 6:15-9:00 pm
Wipe down and set up tables; heat and serve food; put away leftover food; clean kitchen. You may also be asked to put away clean linens and distribute pads to guests. Please be prepared to work in any capacity needed.
First Shift 6:15-11 pm
Assist Site Manager with setting up the site to open at 7 pm; sit at the registration table and help with guest check-in; help volunteers serve dinner and clean up if needed; any other tasks assigned by the Site Manager.
Second Shift 11 pm-3 am
Check-in late arrival guests, prepare sack lunches for guests; walk through church ensuring no one needs attention. We prefer to have one male and one female on this shift.
Third Shift 3-7 am
Wake all guests by 6 am; make coffee; set up breakfast items; ask guests to collect their bedding and place it in laundry bags; put out sack lunches; clean up breakfast items. We prefer to have one male and one female volunteer on this shift.
Clean Up Crew 7-8 am
Wipe down pads and pillows with bleach water and place in the closet; clean kitchen; vacuum gym and sleeping rooms; empty waste baskets; take garbage to the dumpster.