Chronic homelessness can destroy your health, your hope, your dignity. In the face of such daunting circumstances, it would be easy to give up. Just ask Brad.
Brad grew up right here in DuPage County. Like many of our clients, childhood trauma led to health issues, a pattern of bad choices and, eventually, homelessness.
“My wife, children and I were homeless for about three years. I saw the looks on my
children’s faces and it was really heartbreaking.”
DuPagePads is committed to ending homelessness through a proven, cost-effective solution of housing combined with strong professional case management and employment services.
DuPagePads “DuPagePads Permanent Supportive Housing Program helped me get into an apartment. The DuPagePads Employment Program helped me by guiding me to complete my GED through the College of DuPage. They also helped me to understand and focus on my life to achieve what I want to become in life. Now I take ownership for my own actions.”
Most important, with help from DuPagePads, Brad is breaking the cycle of homelessness.
“For the first time, my children have their own beds and bedroom, with their artwork covering the walls of our home. DuPagePads connected us with the Park District to teach our children how to swim this summer and took them to the zoo to see their favorite animal, the lion. My kids are getting a great education and have the security of a safe, loving home.”
We refused to give up on Brad and we refuse to accept the tragedy of homelessness in our community. As a result, now Brad is giving new hope to his children for a brighter tomorrow.