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The Missions Ministry Team has selected the P.A.D.S. homeless shelter for February's mission project. P.A.D.S. stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, and it has been operating as a nonprofit group for over a decade in the former Mr. Donut building at 2017 Broadway Avenue in Mattoon. According to their Board, there has been an increase in the number of women and children that are homeless and needing shelter. P.A.D.S. served about 200 people last year and 20 were children.

P.A.D.S. recently received a donation of land and is currently building a new shelter which will be located at 1812 Western Avenue just south of City Hall. P.A.D.S. hopes to move into the new building sometime this Spring. This new space will allow them to add additional beds with greater privacy, as well as add two rooms for families. Also, P.A.D.S. works with other charitable organizations to find temporary shelter for the homeless when their shelter is full, and they are offering programs to help clients become self-sufficient.

If you would like to donate to this months mission, please make your check out to Wesley UMC with PADS on the memo line or click on the $ button at the bottom of the page. If you prefer to make a cash donation, there are blue mission offering envelopes in the pew backs. Thank you very much for your support.

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