DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor.

Recognizing 35 years of service, DuPagePads is the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. The organization’s solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with support services and employment to restore hope and transform lives.

DuPagePads is about the journey home.

It’s about the road from instability to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.

What services does DuPagePads offer?

The organization offers shelter 365 nights a year. Volunteers are the key to bringing in individuals and families from the harsh conditions and cold every night in multiple sites spread across the community. Last year more than 4,000 individual volunteers dedicated their time, talent, and effort to end homelessness, which is are equal to 33 full time employees.

The staff at DuPagePads help clients become self-sufficient and find them a home. Case managers teach clients to believe in themselves through learned skills. They help each individual know they are valued – even when they think they are not. More than simply a providing a pad and a meal – but a chance at self-sufficiency and pride in supporting themselves.

DuPagePads IS the solution to end homelessness — because when someone believes in you, everything can change.

Annual Taste of Hope

On Thursday, March 5th, the organization will host the 14th Annual Taste of Hope from 6:00pm – 9:00pm to Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. This highly anticipated event welcomes diners to a superb sampling of signature dishes from up to 25 of the area’s most elite restaurants in one evening. DuPagePads recognizes 35 years of service on March 5 with their first signature event of 2020 and expect to draw more than 600 attendees as retiring President & CEO Carol Simler is honored and recognized for her exemplary 23 years of leadership.

For more information, visit their website: dupagepads.org

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