“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 started my journey with Lily Pads Resale Boutique in 2015. I was hired as a sorter in the Donation Center. In 2017, I was promoted to Assistant Manager in the Donation Center. Then in 2019, it became my honor to become the Store Manager and to lead an amazing team to run a successful store that supports our local homeless shelters. I am humbled to be a part of an organization that supports those in need. To reach Stacy, 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.
My name is Heidi Hendrix. I am the store manager of Lily Pads Too in Ottawa. I started pricing in the donation center at the Peru Lily Pads. Everyday I have the opportunity to use my skills and love of retail to help an incredible mission.It’s exciting to see a store in its first year accomplish so much. It is because of all of the wonderful customers, donors, volunteers and staff working together to make this possible. I am so very grateful to help our store grow. The possibilities of the future are endless. Thank you so much for supporting us, now and into the future. To reach Heidi, call 815-313-5776.
I was initially involved with IV PADS first as a volunteer for meals and now as Outreach and Development Coordinator. Volunteering and fundraising are activities I grew up with and am happy to give back with this position with work experience in Marketing, Event Planning and Social Media Coordination. Bringing out the stories of success, planning functions and interacting with this amazing network of professionals for the greater good of those in need is truly an amazing opportunity I’m thrilled to share with the community. To reach Alison, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.