Contact us: 847-608-9744

About Us

About PADS

PADS of Elgin, Inc. was founded in 1989 as a safe haven for homeless men, women and children within our community. Originally established by three local clergymen, the shelter provided emergency housing for Elgin area residents during the cold winter months.

Today, we provide a safe environment 365 days a year for 45 to 50 men, women and children each night. Both individuals and families are welcome at the shelter.

Case management, advocacy, outreach and educational opportunities are available daily during business hours as well as during shelter hours The PADS office and shelter building is located at 1730 Berkley Street in Elgin, IL. Please contact our office by calling 847-608-9744 during business hours to speak with staff or email us at

Who are the homeless?

Often the guests we serve shake the perception of the stereotypical “street” or “homeless” person.

Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Sixty percent of adults, who use our shelter as their temporary home, regularly work.

When in the shelter, they rise before dawn, help with cleanup operations and leave for work. They are the working poor.

A large number of those served through PADS of Elgin suffer from mental illness or developmental disabilities. This group has a tendency to remain homeless for longer periods of time, have less contact with family and encounter more barriers to employment.

Financial contributions are necessary for the shelter’s continued operations. To keep the shelter’s doors open, your financial support is vital. $.84 cents of every dollar donated goes directly toward our programs that help our guests.


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