The Day Center is the first and only year-round, daytime facility in McHenry County for all sub-populations of individuals experiencing homelessness. The Center, open daily, provides an array of services including:

Crisis Intervention and Case Management

  • Needs assessment, benefits and documentation acquirement.
  • Coordination of services
  • An address to receive mail
  • Lockers for temporary storage
  • Hot meals

Life Skills Building

  • Classes on budgeting, anger management, grooming, shopping and more
  • Job training
  • A resource room with a computer and a printer to work on job-seeking skills

Transitional Living Home

Individuals who are working their way out of homelessness benefit from a stable living environment. Our transitional home has the ability to host up to 20 individuals exiting homelessness. Residents of the home may include single individuals, intact families and single parent families. The goal of transitional home is to build a “homelike” setting and provide the residents with the life skills needed to succeed. Skills taught include budgeting, goal planning, job training and time management. The layout of the home includes a community kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry facilities.

Transportation Services

Lack of reliable transportation is often a barrier to people working their way out of homelessness. McHenry County PADS provides transportation assistance in two forms:

  • Travel vouchers, train tickets or bus passes can be provided to individuals that have access to public transportation
  • Two 15-passenger vans offer rides to the Day Center, emergency shelter sites, job interviews, social service agencies or medical appointments