Emergency Shelter

An Entry Point to Restoration

Emergency Shelter Sites


Volunteer or Host

Our Emergency Shelter Network (ESN) is a program that provides emergency, overnight shelter from October 1, through April 30th. Men, women and children seek refuge in safe, warm locations where they are able to connect with SSPADS' intensive case managers who work diligently to help our participants make the transition from homelessness to becoming social and economic investors in the communities where they live and work.


We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available at each of the shelter sites in our network. There are also volunteer site manager opportunities as well. Volunteers play an integral role in our agency and programs, not only lending a physical helping hand, but encouraging, supporting and cheering for our participants as well. For more information on how you can volunteer, please call Troy Colbert at

(708) 332-7700 ext. 131.



SSPADS Summer Emergency Shelters


Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

May 15, 2017 through September 27, 2017

7 pm – 7 am



4955 158th Street

Oak Forest, IL 60452


For more information contact

Troy at 708-332-7700 ext. 131.

If you currently live in a house or apartment, and are seeking emergency assistance

to preserve your current home, please call the Homeless Prevention Hotline.



If you are currently homeless and seeking emergency shelter or assistance to obtain a home, please visit our Chicago Heights or Chicago Ridge office to complete the housing intake process.

South Suburban PADS

Chicago Heights Housing and Shelter Support Office

414 W. Lincoln Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411



Housing and shelter intake screening is available on a reduced summer schedule at the Chicago Heights:

  • Mondays: 9am-noon and 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-noon and 1-5pm
  • Fridays: 9am-11am




Since it’s opening nearly 26 years ago, SSPADS has served over 15,000 men, women and children; and 422,780 shelter nights have been provided. Many of those same congregations are still are partners today (24 in fact). In addition to emergency shelter SSPADS provides permanent  supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our Country Club Hills Wellness Center.




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Our Locations

South Tier

414 W. Lincoln Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411



Wellness Center

4411 W. Gatling Blvd.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478