For the past three years, SleepOut for Shelter has helped raise awareness and much-needed funds for homeless services through McHenry County PADS, a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services. This year, Pioneer Center is pleased to announce that the event has gone multi-county through a partnership with PADS Lake County.
This joining of forces will bring two dynamic organizations together to advocate and raise funds to sustain programs and services. All monies raised by each respective event will remain within their county.
Registration is now open at www.sleepoutforshelter.com for the McHenry County PADS event scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 11 at Living Waters Church in Crystal Lake.
TWO WAYS TO GET INVOLVED—Register or Sponsor
Register as an individual or team to sleep out and become a fundraiser for the event. By registering, you’ll have access to your own fundraising page (or team page!) to collect donations from family, friends and colleagues. If you can’t sleep out, you can sponsor a participant, or you can simply collect donations for McHenry County PADS.
The evening will kick-off with a one hour rally that includes music, food, a “shelter” box-building competition and more. Then participants can choose to either sleep out at the rally site or they can turn their own lawn into a temporary homeless shelter site.
Last year, the event attracted more than 500 participants and raised over $60,000. To register today or learn more, visit www.sleepoutforshelter.com or call Barb Swanson at (815) 759-7144.
Homelessness is growing and we need to act now. Register today for SleepOut for Shelter and make a difference someone’s life. This event is brought to you by Sage Products and Medline with additional support from the Northwest Herald, Donald E. Lewis Family Fund, Star105.5, Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning and RFP Photography.
About Homeless Services Through McHenry County PADS
McHenry County PADS helps individuals find their way back from homelessness. It offers emergency and transitional housing coupled with support services in order to help homeless individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. These support services enable individuals to receive case management, job training, counseling and psychiatric services, as well as day-to-day services including access to showers, laundry facilities, transportation, computers and an address at which to receive mail. The program is specifically designed to address the root causes of homelessness and not just treat the symptoms.