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Hi there, my name is Corinne and I work at McHenry County Pads in Illinois....it is
a homeless shelter/day center where the homeless can come during the day to get warm, take a hot shower, have a hot meal, work on a resume and hopefully get a job. I see so many people trying so hard to find work....some of these people have come from very affluent backgrounds...they have worked for large corporations who have downsized and let them go....mostly men, who's wives have left them, taken their children away and left them to figure it out on there own. Here's the problem...no one wants to hire a homeless man...if you don't have an address.....you can't get a job! Even the library won't give these guys a library card to use the computer to find work if they don't have an address! Can you believe it!!!!
On the bright side....Some McHenry County Churches have opened their doors to the homeless men and women in our area in the evenings from 7 pm to 7am during the winter months so that they have a warm place to sleep....thus, PADS...because that's what they sleep on....PADS...PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter.
Everyday I see the homeless, some chronic alcoholics and drug abusers, some with mental illness and some with tramatic brain injuries, others who have been homeless for so long they don't know any other way to live, others still who end up on our doorstep not knowing where else to go for help......we even have one man who came here dying of cancer who's family won't help him......
Life will change for all these guys come April when the church sites shut down and they have to find another place to sleep....
This year we have no sleeping bags or tents for them and no sign of donations coming in...which leaves us praying alot.....
All in all though these guys have alot more than some homeless do.......

Posted: 2006-02-14 14:11:00

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