The nation’s largest day of helping others was Oct. 26 and was designated as Make a Difference Day. Since 1990, the Dixon PADS group (Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter) has strived to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of men, women, and children who have found themselves homeless in our local communities.
Our organization has helped those individuals in receiving basic need items, employment, medical and social services, and most important, housing.
Sadly, however, for as many individuals who are assisted in successfully transitioning from our facility, each month an additional dozen or so will request admittance into the shelter. Oftentimes because of a lack of available beds, individuals may have to be turned away and put on a waiting list.
New residents, babies, small children, men, women, and the elderly are transitioning in and out of the shelter on a consistent basis. Our shelter is one of the few in the area open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
What if you had to worry where you might sleep tonight with your three young children because of being evicted from your residence, because of job loss? How would a mother in this situation keep her children safe and warm, feed them, and possibly improve her situation with no support or relatives in the area? This is where PADS comes in.
Once this mother makes a call to our organization, she and her children will be provided a warm, clean, safe place to sleep for at least 90 days. In addition, clothes, food, medicine, and other items such as diapers will be provided to her and her family.
Make a difference to those in need in our community. Please join us for our first annual fundraiser, “Night Without a Home Event,” in Dixon on Friday (Nov. 22). For more information, call 815-440-6598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to readers: Vanessa White is the PADS Board president.