“Overcoming homelessness sometimes takes years and sometimes just days. I am so grateful to be part of a mission where someone can find practical help and lots of hope to work out the details.”
– Carol Alcorn
I have been involved in the mission through PADS for 24 years. I volunteered once a month for years and managed a team from my church to participate by volunteering and providing a meal once a month. I have served on many community boards and one of them was the PADS Board of Directors. Thirteen years ago, I applied and was hired as the Executive Director. This has been a journey of faith in meeting the needs of so many in such meaningful ways. I am humbled and thrilled by the progress we have made together in reaching out to those in need. To know that individuals have a brighter future and are living in a better place under better conditions is rewarding. I am thankful to all those who over the years have assisted us in growing and accomplishing the mission of giving hope and help to the homeless population in our area.
I have been at Lily Pads Resale Boutique for over 6 years. I was hired as a Sorter and Greeter, and then was asked to move into the manager position. And what does that mean? It means I have the honor to guide an amazing team in creating the “Lily Pads experience”; to meet and talk with donors who continue to share their goods; and to develop relationships with customers who continue to support us. On “those” days, looking across the street to the Peru PADS reminds me of “why” we do what we do. I am so blessed to be able to use my gifts in providing a “hand up” to others. To reach Rosanna, call (815) 224-7970.
I have been Program Director at Peru PADS Shelter for 5 seasons. My role is to lead a team of staff and volunteers with compassion and deep love. I want our clients to know that they are loved and we are here to help them work toward a better life. My goal is to help clients overcome the issues they are facing that are holding them back from bettering their situations. I love helping others and seeing a client’s face light up when he or she realizes there is hope.”
To reach Terry, call (815) 224-3047.
I have been involved with IV PADS for 7 years and the Program Director of the Ottawa PADS for 2 seasons. My role consists of coordinating the involvement of volunteers, supervising the staff who work on the front-line with the clients, and implementing the case management and programs for each individual that we serve. Our clients have a way of walking into our shelter door and straight into my heart. I love having the opportunity to offer a hand up. To reach Marissa, call (815) 433-1292.
I have been involved with IV PADS since July, 2016 as the Development & Outreach Assistant. My role is to communicate our mission, our needs, and our gratitude to the community. I have a passion for breaking down the stereotypes that often accompany homelessness, and I firmly believe that education leads to compassion. My background is in marketing and I am blessed to use my skills and experience in this capacity.
To reach Jacqueline, call (815) 224-3047.