Elmhurst Presbyterian Church has been sheltering the homeless together with other DuPage churches for Public Action to Develop Shelter (PADS) for over 23 years. Our PADS Shelter is open Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Please reach out to Diana Riekse for more information: or 630-220-2269. PADS will resume October 6th. We accept many types of donations. Our site provides gently used clothing and toiletries to the guests.
Acceptable Clothing Donations (Adult Sizes of all types):
- Gently used coats, sweaters, cotton shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, pants, boots and tennis shoes for men and women. (no dress pants/shirts)
- New cotton underwear, t-shirts and socks
- New hats, gloves and scarves
We also provide new toiletries such as disposable razors, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and earplugs. Travel sizes are preferred. Items that are too large are donated to EWAN and the food pantry. Additional items are also often needed:
- single sheets, pillow cases and waterproof pillow covers
- bicycles in good condition
- backpacks (gently used or new)
- real silverware (not plastic)
- laundry soap and dryer sheets
We have a number of opportunities for families, children and adults. We also assist many students with their service hours requirements. Volunteers of all ages are able to help with: sorting donations, purchasing socks and underwear, setting up the beds, and other pre-opening duties such as kitchen preparation.
Children must be at least 14 years old and be joined with their parent if serving food or being at the site between 7 pm and 7 am.
Dinner service begins at 7 pm and ends around 8:30 pm. Breakfast is served at 6 to 7 am.
Overnight shifts are available for those over 18 years old and run in four hour shifts beginning at 11 pm through 7 am. We require two men and two women be at the site at any given time during the overnight shifts.
We have availability for musicians to come and play for the guests, hair cuts, art classes and other items that may be helpful or entertaining.
If you have an idea and would like to contribute during the social time of 8 to 9:30 pm, please let us know!
Additionally, we are looking for some handy people or professional trades to help with site improvements during the month of September. Please contact us if you have talents you wish to donate!
New Resource Center
We offer a resource room with computers and printers to help our guests find additional resources via the Internet, including other community resources, bus/train schedules, job assistance, etc. We find that some of our guests need help finding additional resources such that can be accessed via the internet, including other community resources, bus/train schedules, job assistance, etc. We are passionate about assisting our guests with these needs and would like your help.
If you are involved in a non-profit or program that might be a helpful resource to our guests, please let us know! We receive many calls with excess food from a party or event. We typically do not have a use for this because our dinner and breakfast coordination is planned and delivered in advance. We do however want to be a resource for finding a group who will put the food to good use. Any ideas are welcome and encouraged.