It's hard enough finding volunteers who'll work at a homeless shelter on a Saturday night.
The toughest part is finding somebody who'll be there early Sunday morning.
“We feed breakfast to around 50 guests, clean up and get the place ready for Sunday school,” said Joseph Brehm, site manager at .
"It can be a rush," he said.
Brehm is in charge of the Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, at .
Brehm said he’s looking for more volunteers to work late Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings.
He said usually about 12 to 20 volunteers work three weekend shifts.
Volunteers’ jobs include, but are not limited to, admitting guests, working in the kitchen, ladling food onto paper plates, watching the place at night for security purposes, serving breakfast and cleaning up.
If you want to help out at , you can email Brehm at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at 1-847-639-7627.
The homeless are shuttled to and sheltered at in Cary on Monday nights.
“We are blessed with having a big church and a large pool of volunteers to draw from,” said Rich Ring, the PADS coordinator at SS. Peter and Paul. “But we can always use some young blood to help with the cleanup on Tuesday mornings.”
History of PADS in McHenry County
In 1987, church groups had become concerned about homeless people living in automobiles, under bridges, under viaducts and in wooded areas during winter, according to the PADS McHenry County website.
Seven congregations in McHenry County offer shelter to the homeless at different days of the week from Oct. 1 through April 30.
Churches in McHenry County that provide shelter to the homeless:
Bethany Lutheran Church
76 W Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, Ill. 60014
Women and Children
First Congregational Church
461 Pierson St.
Crystal Lake, Ill., 60014
Behind the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce
SS. Peter & Paul Parish
410 N. First St.
Cary, Ill., 60013
1-847-516-2636, ext. 233
Christ The King Catholic Church
5006 E. Wonder Lake Road
Wonder Lake, Ill. 60097
221 Dean St.
Woodstock, Ill. 60098
Due to overcrowding, a location was added on Wednesday nights. Women and children must stay at:
Free Methodist Church
934 N. Route 47
Located near Hearthstone Manor
St.Joseph Catholic Church
10519 N. Main St.
Richmond, Ill. 60071
Due to overcrowding, a location was added Thursday nights. Women and children stay at:
St. Joseph Church
207 Brainard St.
Harvard, Ill. 60033
Christian Fellowship Church
3419 Walkup Road
Crystal Lake, Ill. 60012
Cary United Methodist
500 N. First St.
Cary, Ill. 60013
Source: PADS of McHenry County