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Shelter seeks help for those less fortunate

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

At this time of year, most of us take stock of our blessings, being thankful for our health, friends, jobs and warm homes.

However, many in our community find themselves without the most basic necessities – shelter, clothing and food – and thus worry day to day simply how to survive. They often struggle to secure warm shelter and desperately try to improve their situation.

This can be a daunting task when they have limited resources and no transportation, job skills or family to help. No one chooses to be homeless. Many circumstances can cause a family with children or individuals of all ages to find themselves in this dire and sometimes hopeless situation.

The PADS shelter in Dixon strives to improve the lives of those who find themselves struggling with homelessness. The shelter, opened in 1990, has  served hundreds of people and helped to improve their lives, thus returning them as productive citizens and infusing hope in their lives.

PADS staff and board members have enhanced their ability to better serve those in need by adding more services and resources to residents who utilize the 365-day shelter. The shelter values dignity, goodness and giftedness of all persons. We’re committed to provide emergency, transitional and preventative measures for area homeless individuals and families.

Presently, volunteers are needed at the shelter to assist in construction projects, work at the residence with clients, etc. In addition, monetary donations are appreciated and desperately needed to assist the shelter to continue improvements to the residence and assist in ongoing operational costs. Donations of paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and ice melt are also needed.

At this time of year, it’s important to remember and help those less fortunate. Please consider assisting the PADS shelter by donating money or supplies or by volunteering. For more information, contact me at 815-440-6598.

Note to readers – Vanessa White is a board member for the PADS shelter.

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