PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter)

The PADS site at Messiah Lutheran Church provides shelter every Saturday night through Sunday morning for homeless men in the Lake County area. The guests also receive a hot dinner, hot breakfast and a sack lunch. Holy Apostles is providing the meals and the volunteers for two weekends during the 2019-2020 PADS season: Saturday November 9 through Sunday Nov. 10 and February 8-9. There are many different ways to help and most require a minimal time commitment. You don’t need to be a member of Holy Apostles to join us in reaching out to those in need of shelter.


What is the PADS Shelter Program?


PADS Emergency Overnight Shelter Program provides those experiencing homelessness with a safe, warm place to sleep every night from October through April. Each night there are at least two sites open to provide shelter.

Messiah Lutheran serves as one of those sites for Saturday night through Sunday morning. The guests are transported from the PADS Day Resource Center and arrive around 6:30 on Saturday evening. After a hot meal, they are free to watch a movie, play cards or board games, visit with the volunteers, or simply rest or sleep. In the morning, the guest receive a hot breakfast and a sack lunch.

Who Can Help?

For most of the service opportunities, any adult or teenager can participate. For the overnight shifts, we require that the volunteers be adults and at least one of them must be a male.

It doesn’t matter if you are a member of Holy Apostles, another church, or no church at all. That is not what is important. They only requirement is that you want to do something to fight homelessness and hunger in Lake County.

How Can I  Help?

There are many different ways to help, both directly with the guests and indirectly behind the scenes. Most opportunities require only a minimal time commitment. Any one is welcome to participate in as many different ways as he/she would like.