PADS of Elgin, Inc was founded in 1989 as a safe haven for homeless men, women and children within our community. Originally established by three local clergymen, the shelter provided emergency housing for Elgin area residents during the cold winter months. Today, we provide a safe environment for 40 to 50 men, women and children each night. Both individuals and families are welcome at the shelter. Full case management and service plan development is available during shelter hours. Additional case management, advocacy, outreach and educational opportunities are available daily during PADS of Elgin, Inc.'s business hours. Often the guests we serve shake the perception of the stereotypical street or homeless person.