Through prayer, relationship-building and sharing of resources, the Wheaton Franciscans collaborate with organizations whose mission and priorities are similar to ours. We focus primarily on the following areas: care of creation; health and dental in underserved areas; refugees and immigrants; women and children in vulnerable situations; and other purposes that align with our values. We are currently connected to nearly 100 organizations.
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DuPage PADS was founded in 1985 after a county-wide need for emergency shelter was identified. Initial efforts focused on providing seasonal Interim Housing for those who were homeless. For the past 36 years, the organization has transformed from a primarily volunteer-driven, limited-service agency for homeless residents into the largest and most inclusive provider of year-round shelter, comprehensive services and supportive housing to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the county. The agency also provides holistic and coordinated Healthcare Navigation services which improve both healthcare access for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, leading to positive health and wellbeing outcomes.