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Our View: Shelter still needed for Mondays

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The clock is ticking on finding a Monday night home for homeless men in McHenry County.

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cary was the McHenry County PADS host site Mondays last winter.

The church averaged about 50 people each week. Unfortunately, the rooms the church uses to provide shelter to the homeless can house only 30 to 40 people safely, per the fire code.

So PADS organizers are looking for another site that can hold about 50 people to host men on Monday nights. Sts. Peter and Paul plans to host women and children. The shelter season starts Oct. 1.

McHenry County PADS offers emergency and transitional housing coupled with support services in order to help homeless individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient, according to the Pioneer Center website.

Nine churches in McHenry County, including Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, open their doors to the homeless. They feed and shelter those who show up during the winter months. A hot meal and a warm place to stay go a long way as people fight to overcome difficulty in their lives.

Those churches include Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake (Sundays), Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake (women and children overflows on Sundays), Christ the King Catholic Church in Wonder Lake (Tuesdays), Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock (Wednesdays), St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richmond (Thursdays), St. Joseph Church in Harvard (women and children on Thursdays), Christian Fellowship Church in Crystal Lake (Fridays), and Cary United Methodist (Saturdays).

The community needs one more church to add to the list. Site coordinator Rich Ring said it hasn’t been discussed whether the church would turn people away on Monday nights.

Let’s hope it doesn’t have to come to that.

People who may be able to donate space for a PADS site on Mondays should call Meghan Powell-Filler, the PADS and HUD coordinator for the Pioneer Center, at 815-759-7288.

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