Public Action to Deliver Shelter


Woodridge United Methodist Church (WUMC) donates food and provides 24 hour staffing at a DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) Interim Overnight Housing site four times per year.

The Interim Overnight Housing Program offers families and individuals a safe environment. The spirit of hospitality is a priority, as well as respect for each person.

PADS Interim Overnight Housing facts:
  • Interim (Overnight) Housing Sites are open 365 days a year at a different location each night
  • Sites open at 6:00pm for families and 7:00pm for adults; and close the next morning at 7:00am
  • Family friendly sites are available from October through April in the Southern part of DuPage County

How Woodridge UMC helps:

Four times per year, our congregation volunteers to staff the PADS site at First United Methodist Church located at 1032 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL. We setup the sleeping arrangements starting at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, serve dinner, monitor the site overnight, serve breakfast, and cleanup in the morning. We're usually done by 7:30 AM Wednesday. We also donate all of the food for dinner and breakfast service as well as a sack lunch for the clients as they go off on their day. This endeavor requires the participation of over 60 people including almost 40 on-site volunteers.

As you can imagine, it takes an all-hands-on-deck effort to successfully fulfill the commitment that we have made to PADS.  Please look into your hearts and see if you can help with one or more of these crucial jobs. If you cannot make a commitment for every one of our PADS dates but would be willing to be on a call list, please call the church office 630-968-6050.