Need shelter?

SSPADS offers an emergency response to  homelessness through our overnight emergency shelter network. We partner with congregations in south/southwest Cook  to provide safe warm shelters and support for individuals and families. For a list of current shelter sites, click here >


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We missed you!

An Affair to Remember!

SSPADS celebrated its 25th year of service at the Oak Lawn Hilton, Friday May 1st. The affair was a momentous occasion, with a wonderful silent and live auction ---and heartwarming encouragement message by SSPADS' participant

Ms. Carletta Christian (left)...



Have some time?

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available from helping to operate our emergency shelters to working on our annual gala committee!  One famous quote on volunteerism shares, "A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm!" We are delighted to customize opportunities for you as well....

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Homelessness Ten Years

After Hurricane Katrina

This year will mark the 10th anniversary when the city of New Orleans suffered the onslaught of Katrina, and is still struggling with its aftermath--particularly for those who were displaced and left homeless. Helping to temporarily  house hundreds of folks who found their way to Chicago after Katrina, South Suburban PADS

Family Homelessness:

A Time to Act


The National Center on Family Homelessness (2015) reported every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 1.6 million children. These families are hidden from our view. They move frequently, and many are doubled-up in overcrowded apartments.                         

South Suburban PADS started in 1990 when 3 congregations responded to the rising numbers of people homeless in the southland region. Data is

available that gives us a number

of primary reasons people are homeless and that matters in prevention and intervention...








Rev. Henry Roberts, SSPADS' Board President, sharing opening remarks at the 25th Annual Gala celebration, May 1st at the Oak Lawn Hilton. The affair was spectacular including a silent and live auction with items such as passes to Disney World in Orlando, airfare and lodging for a week!  The affair helped raise funds for SSPADS' programs.




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Since it’s opening nearly 25 years ago, SSPADS has served 14,229 men, women and children; and 422,780 shelter nights have been provided. Many of those same congregations are still are partners today (30 in fact). In addition to emergency shelter SSPADS provides  permanent supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our SSPADS’ owned Country Club Hills Wellness Center, an on-site health care program, employment services, intensive case management and food program.


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 25 years of Impact... Over 15,300 men, women and children have been served since 1990 Over 425,000 shelter nights have been provided since 1990 382 individuals and families housed in the past two years!


Our Locations

South Tier

414 W. Lincoln Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411


North Tier

10037 S. Ridgeland

Oak Lawn, IL 60453


Wellness Center

4411 W. Gatling Blvd.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478