Help When You Need It
Housing alone is just one piece of the puzzle, which is why we offer extensive support services to enable participants to build brighter futures.
Our Logic Model
Emergency shelter + affordable Homes + supportive services = housing stability, better health and economic security.
Learn more about our programs and services that provide ongoing support and assistance to our community and clients.
Our case managers work collaboratively to help each household identify and pursue their goals. Case managers receive extensive training to implement evidence-based strategies, including housing first, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, harm reduction and cultural competency.
Pathways to Better Health
The Pathways to Better Health program was created to help people who have been homeless or formerly homeless access primary care and mental health services to improve their overall health. South Suburban PADS employs a nurse case manager to provide health education, assess healthcare needs, coordinate healthcare referrals, assist in scheduling appointments, provide transportation and follow up with clients to ensure that their healthcare needs are being met.
Pathways to Financial Security
The Pathways to Financial Security program employs a team of volunteers from participating financial institutions to provide financial education classes and training. Through this assistance, participants set goals, prioritize, create budgets, establish bank accounts, establish emergency reserves and ultimately work to achieve greater economic security.
Southland Center for Children and Families
The SCCF program helps families obtain stable housing, school-based services, school supplies, childcare and other services needed to overcome homelessness.
South Suburban PADS engages homeless people at libraries, hospitals, department store parking lots, forest preserves and other locations to encourage them to take advantage of emergency shelter and other available resources.
As a founding partner of the HUB, South Suburban PADS helps participants to access food, clothing, workforce training and other services through a network of participating agencies. For information, please call the HUB helpline at 708-966-9482, visit the website at FindHelpSouthCook.org or download the smartphone app by opening this link on your phone.
The culinary arts program is offered at the Country Club Hills Wellness Center location and is open to SSPADS program participants. The culinary arts program teaches participants how to create healthy meals on a limited budget. Classes are held two to three times weekly by the SSPADS culinary instructor, Chef Kareem Roberts.
Other Supportive Services
Other supportive services provided through SSPADS and agency partners include:
- Life skills training and coaching.
- Food access.
- Grief counseling.
- Vision and dental services.
- School supplies.
- Furniture and household furnishings assistance.
- Referrals for primary care, mental health and addiction services.
If you need help or support, South Suburban PADS is here to assist you. From emergency shelter to affordable housing to supportive services and more, our team is here to help individuals and families overcome homelessness and get on the path to a brighter tomorrow.