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Our Vision…
To end homelessness in McHenry County one person at a time.

Our Mission…
To reconnect homeless men, women, and children with the community by providing emergency, transitional, and preventive services and to raise public understanding regarding homelessness in McHenry County.

McHenry County PADS Transitional Home Program

PADS Transitional Program, established in 1997, and open year around, is a transitional shelter for homeless men, women, and children of McHenry County. These courageous people have accepted the opportunity to rebuild their lives with the caring aid of PADS staff and volunteers. The program is located 1/4 mile West of Hwy 14 on Kishwaukee Valley Road, outside of Woodstock. Its nearly six acres lay claim to peace and hope. Many have come to PADS Transitional home and have met the challenges before them in achieving a life of productivity, dignity, and happiness.

Our transitional home offers second chances. This home can provide housing for up to 20 individual or family members. Together, our goal is to provide a “homelike” setting and provide the residents with the life skills that they need to succeed. These skills include but are not limited to, budgeting, goal planning, job training and time management. The residents attend individual and group counseling, which helps the residents realize what caused them to become homeless. Other groups offered are: anger management, parenting, assertiveness training, decision making, nutrition and more. The home consists of a community kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry facilities, and a resource room that contains four internet access computers used for job searches and research. There is a men’s dorm that can house up to four single men. Single women and families have private rooms in the upstairs area. We also have a handicapped accessible room. The residents take pride in and are responsible for keeping the home clean and tidy.

Click below for Transitional home statistics ending June 30, 2010