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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In recognition of African American

history month, Dr. Palmer

was honored with an African

American Treasures Award

by the Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. On hand to receive an award also was Chicago native, actor Mel Jackson. Honorable Brown will deliver an encouraging word at the Gala on May 1st.


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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 >


Need shelter?

You're Invited!

We Know That

Perceptions Matter

In a recent program evaluation study, we asked a number of participants how did they feel using our emergency shelter services and compared the results with tenants' responses about how they felt with housing.

The comparison was no surprise, but worthy of sharing as we work to end homelessness...

Youth Who Are Homeless:

Time for Change


Youth experience homelessness for a variety of reasons. Home may not be safe:  some youth leave home as a result of family conflict, which might include physical and/or sexual abuse. Youth struggle in immense ways and we must work to promote a health transition to adult hood...


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...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


Join South Suburban PADS at its 25th Gala May 1st, 2015!


"Hearts for Homes"


















Ticket(s) or Table(s)
Hosted by the lovely Val Warner of Windy City Live!

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 (29 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!

Thank you to Charity Contributors of Chicago and

Signature Media Group Speakers Bureau


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