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Our Mission

Who is PADS

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Elgin is a 501C(3) non-profit organization that provides safe shelter, support services, and advocacy to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Elgin Township, Hanover Township, Dundee Township, and Rutland Township.

PADS Mission Statement

We offer emergency shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness to develop a sustainable future by providing essential services.

About PADS
PADS of Elgin
PADS of Elgin

Our History

Lonnie, a man experiencing homelessness, knocks on the door of First Congregational Church in Elgin looking for a safe place to stay at night that wasn’t on the streets. Community religious leaders meet and officially open the doors of Elgin’s first PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), whose mission addressed the rising numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness in Elgin, Northern Kane County and Hanover Township.

PADS becomes a recognized 501(c)3 organization. Early this year a record number of 91 guests occupy the shelter in a single night.

PADS leaves the Salvation Army and returns to being housed by community churches.

The shelter is hosted by one church per month and moves all of its supplies including mats, laundry, and even a refrigerator between different sites.

PADS officially opens the Douglas L. Hoeft Resource Facility at 1730-1736 Berkley Street in Elgin, Illinois. The center is named in memory of Representative Doug Hoeft, who acquired a State Member Initiative Grant to help PADS build a permanent facility.

PADS Celebrates its 20th season of serving Elgin and provides over 14,000 nights of shelter.

PADS of Elgin celebrates its 25th anniversary of serving the Elgin community.

Despite a global pandemic, PADS was able to guide 47% of our guests in finding permanent housing in the fiscal year.

PADS of Elgin officially opened its day program. Guests now have 24/7 access to the shelter 365 days a year.

Board of Directors

Steve Kroiss


Cathy LeBlanc


Joanna Torres


Sue Welu


Dan Fox


Kristal Thompson


Debbie McGuire


Dr. Doug Kramp


Jennifer Sellers Wong


Beth Kruger


Rita Corbett


Tia Aagesen


Pastor Katie Shaw-Thompson


PADS of Elgin Staff

Carrie Schneider

Operations Manager

Jen Keller

Development Manager

Sara Villagomez

Case Manager

Angie DeLeon

Volunteer Manager

Position Open

Grants & Reporting Manager

Shelby Van Hees

Case Manager 

General Inquiries

Our Administrative Team

Annual Reports

2022-2023 Annual Report

Upcoming Events

Barrels of Hope

What our guests have to say about PADS

“Most importantly, we feel safe—not just to eat and sleep, but to talk.”

“Everyone at PADS listens. We are heard—in a world where a lot of people shut us out.”

“When people arrive with all their dreams broken, PADS helps them to find hope again.”

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