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Shelter program opens for third season in Kendall

Updated: November 1, 2012 6:36AM



YORKVILLE — The numbers tell the story:

More than 2,000 foreclosures in Kendall County this year.

Some 155 homeless children enrolled in schools in Kendall and Grundy counties this year.

And 1,107 overnight stays at the Kendall County PADS shelter program last year.

“So, unfortunately, the need is there,” said Kendall Sheriff Richard Randall, chairman of the Kendall Public Action to Deliver Shelter board.

PADS is getting ready to open for its third season in Kendall County on Oct. 14.

Seven churches in the county will band together to give a home to the homeless each night for 26 weeks.

Anne Englehardt, Kendall PADS director, still is seeking volunteers to help during the overnight stays. She has a target of 600 volunteers, which means each night could be staffed with four people, and any one volunteer would only have to work one shift a month.

“The night time shifts are the hardest to fill,” she said. “But we have people who come and work a 2:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift and still go to their regular job.”

Englehardt said as it stands now, at least 80 percent of last year’s volunteers will be back for this year. For new volunteers coming in, Englehardt is running a training session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway.

For information, people can consult the website, kendallcares.org, and hit the link for PADS, or call 630-553-5073.

Churches serving as sites for the Kendall PADS program are: Yorkville Congregational, Cross Lutheran and Trinity Church United Methodist in Yorkville; Harvest Baptist and Church of the Good Shepherd in Oswego; St. Luke’s Lutheran in Montgomery; and the United Methodist Church of Plano.



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