PADS supporters walk to end homelessness
David, Benjamin, and Sarah and Julie Velmont of Grayslake. | Tricia Sweet~For Sun-Times Media
WHAT: PADS 11th Annual Walk to End Homelessness
WHEN: June 9, 2012
WHERE: Middlefork Savanna, Lake Forest
Updated: June 29, 2012 6:48PM
Many wish to spend a Saturday morning ensconced in air conditioning rather than walking under a blazing sun, but about 100 people ventured out to Middlefork Savanna for three hot hours recently during the PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter) 11th Annual Walk to End Homelessness.
The 3.5-mile walk (similar to a stroll on a golf course without the frustrations) raised money for the only 24/7 emergency shelter in Lake County.
Sari Rubin, PADS director of development, hopes the June 9 Lake Forest event helped people become more knowledgeable about homelessness.
“It gives us the opportunity to raise awareness and combat the stigma and stereotypes of the homeless in general and in our own communities,” she said. “Anyone can become homeless. Anyone.”
PADS provides shelter for nearly 2,000 people per year and distributes more than 370,000 meals and snacks. It is the largest and most comprehensive resource for homeless families and individuals in Lake County. Between October and April, it can serve more than 160 people per night through its emergency shelter program.
“We are all about helping Lake County families get back on their feet,” board member Stephen Sullivan said.
“More homeless men, women and children are depending on PADS Lake County for food, services and shelter,” said Cathy Curran, executive director of PADS. “We are thankful to everyone for helping provide meals and shelter to those in need.”