Helping homeless

To the Editor:

The church emergency homeless shelter season is starting. Several churches house and feed up to 70 of our county’s homeless each night, October through April. McHenry County PADS, a division of Pioneer Center, lists the churches on this website: mchenrycountypads.com.

The churches are separate, but work in conjunction with PADS. Money donated to PADS helps its operating costs.

Funding to run the church sites is solely from the generosity of people who volunteer their time and money directly to the churches. Pioneer Center’s PADS program does not help fund the churches.

The national average cost to shelter a homeless person is $30 a day. This is about $200,000 a year. The churches provide for food and housing McHenry County’s homeless. Please help the churches emergency shelters by donating your time or with a financial donation.

My church, Sts. Peter and Paul in Cary, needs volunteers, especially, for two hours starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays to help clean. Contact us at pads@ssppcary.org.

We also are looking to create what I call a human developmental center. This would be a single location, in our county, to transition and house people from homelessness. We would provide temporary shelter and assistance to veterans, men, women and children who are down on their luck, substance abusers, those challenged with mental issues, and all of God’s children who need our help.

We need to do more than just shuttle our county’s homeless each night from shelter to shelter.

Rich Ring

Cary

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