Shelter gets grant

By Deborah Costello

The Public Action to Deliver Shelter recently received part of a grant awarded to DeKalb County to help feed and shelter the homeless.

The shelter will receive part of a $29,934 grant awarded under Phase VIII of the Federal Emergencny Management Agency food and shelter program known as the Stewart B. Mckinney Homeless Act.

The PADS shelter located at 311 N. Fourth St., provides food and shelter to many of DeKalb’s homeless. Open seven days a week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the shelter can house 16 people for an unlimited stay. The shelter opens its doors for the fall and winter seasons to provide shelter from the frigid weather. The shelter closes May 15 for the summer months.

PADS is a non-profit organization operated by a trained volunteer staff. Volunteers hlep with the preperation of two meals each day. PADS provides dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch it requested.

There is speculation the PADS facility will be moving to a new location by next fall, Kathy Clark, PADS representative, said. The First United Methodist Church, which now houses the PADS facility , will need space for a new pastor, but a new location for PADS is still unkown.

Those needing a place to stay for the night can call 748-6437 24 hours a day. Messages will be taken and someone will get back to the caller.