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SSPADS has a number of ways you can help us continue to provide housing and supportive services. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE FOR OUR ANNUAL GALA!  ...Click here for more information...

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We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available from helping to operate our emergency shelters to working on our annual gala committee! We are delighted to customize opportunities for you as well…

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SSPADS offers an emergency response to  ihomelessness 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 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 results were stark, but this is the reality of homelessness---not reality television...

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.  Home may not exist: youth aging out of foster care are at high risk for becoming homeless during the transition to adulthood...


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. But equally, if not more important is what are we going to do...




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


"Hearts for Homes"


Hosted by the lovely

Val Warner from

Windy City Live!


Tickets available online soon!






















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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 (26 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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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