Elmhurst Presbyterian Church has been sheltering the homeless together with other DuPage churches for Public Action to Develop Shelter (PADS) for over 25 years. Our PADS Shelter is open Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. For more information, please email .
We accept many types of donations. Our site provides gently used clothing and toiletries to the guests.
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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 and waterproof pillow covers
- 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 12 years old and be joined with their parent if serving food or are at the site between 7 pm and 7 am. Read the Youth Volunteer Policy.
Dinner service begins at 7 pm and ends around 8:30 pm. Breakfast is served from 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.
Additionally, we are looking for some handy people or professional trades to help with site improvements. Please contact us if you have talents you wish to donate!
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 about excess food from a party or event. We typically do not have a use for these donations 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.
For more information about resources for homeless care and support in DuPage County:
- DuPage PADS - Street Outreach
- DuPage County Homeless Info
- DuPage County C.R.I.S. (Community Resource Information System)