The current Mattoon Area PADS' facility which opened in 2001 is no longer sufficient to provide the numerous services for our community. Each month our volunteers serve around 1,200 plates of food, on most nights there is standing room only. The dining area serves as laundry, meeting and office space.
There is no separate room for women and children, everyone sleeps in one room separated by curtains. That is not the ideal situation for women and children.
There is no room for onsite classes which currently are held off site. Lack off office space makes it difficult to conduct confidential case management services for our guests.
The new facility, which will be located at 1812 Western Ave., will provide enough space, privacy and security to continue fulfilling the mission of Mattoon Area PADS. The facility will have separate sleeping areas for men, women and families. It will provide extra privacy and most importantly security. Our volunteers and staff will have a large kitchen, pantry and dinning area to serve our guests. Office space will provide the executive director and case manager with more private working environment.