Pioneer Center has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for its new homeless shelter that will more than double the people it’s currently serving. Planning to open by the end of the month, the new “Pioneer Center McHenry County PADS Community Shelter of Hope” will be a 70-bed shelter to best meet the community’s growing needs.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) assists homeless men, women, and families, by providing shelter from the weather, a bed, food, access to showers/laundry, case management help, and transportation.
Phase one of construction is almost complete, thanks to various donors, plus contributions from private and government entities. The next phase will include a full commercial kitchen, outside patio, security enhancements and other improvements.
“Postponement and cancellations of our fundraisers have put us in a tough position financially to move into phase 2 of construction,” explains Randy Leggee, Development director. “To help us continue our construction of this much needed homeless shelter, please watch our video, donate to our GoFundMe fundraiser and help us complete this final phase.”
“The stability we provide to each person we serve, supports and strengthens our community,” states Director of Homeless Services Carrie Freund. “To complete this essential homeless shelter, we need the help of the community.” Pioneer Center hopes to raise at least $50,000 through GoFundMe.
While providing for immediate needs, this 24-hour homeless shelter links people to a wide variety of community resources ranging from physical/mental health, domestic abuse, veteran support and employment.
Pioneer Center is a 61-year-old, private, non-profit charitable organization, providing homeless, behavioral health and developmental disability services.