GABE W. MILLER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION VOLUNTEERS
VISIT PADS SHELTER IN WAUKEGAN
, IL

Family Two sisters "showed off" their collection of stuffed animals while their little brother showed the visitors his own very special Superman™ blanket. The little girls, aged six and eight, then demonstrated their jump-roping skills, giggling and hamming it up, as they performed one-legged and backward jumping.

Three wide-eyed sisters from another family were fascinated by the digital camera and "helped" take some family photos, amazed that they could actually see the results of their photographic skills on the camera. This was all accomplished under the very watchful eye of their mother who, through her oldest daughter's Spanish/English interpretation, readily agreed to have her family's photos published in this article.

Still another young mother sat in a rocking chair feeding her new infant daughter.

Preparing DinnerTo recognize the 2nd Annual National Day of Service and Remembrance of the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation, which took place on August 20th, 14 members of Chicago and its North Suburban communities prepared and served dinner to residents of the "PADS at The Center Site" in nearby Waukegan, Illinois. Judy and Alan Miller, Anne Bolotin, Mindy and Howard Bain, Linda Muskin and her teen-aged children Yael and Aaron, Judy Farby and Debora Pinzur, all of Highland Park; Margo Stern of Evanston, Gloria Rosenthal of Chicago and Emily Kapler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, toured the facility with PADS Program Manager, Sandy Stephens. After visiting with some of its residents, the volunteers prepared a nutritious and tasty meal of fresh vegetables, turkey sausage, baked beans, salads, fresh fruit and ice cream, serving it to families and individuals who call the shelter home, at least temporarily.

Cathy Curran, the Executive Director of PADS Crisis Services and Cedric Lee, PADS Program Director oversee activities at the shelter in Waukegan, which has an inviting dining room/social hall, painted with an outdoor park mural. There is a computer room, game room and large dormitory-style rooms with movable partitions. The kitchen is large and very clean, with equipment to store, prepare and serve three meals daily to the residents.

Serving DinnerPADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter and Support Services. Integrating social work with real-world action, the unique services of PADS go beyond supplying food and shelter by providing services and training. With such professional support, clients have 45-60 days to begin the difficult task of leaving the streets, making a commitment to their own recovery as well as to their personal and economic self-sufficiency, including safe, affordable permanent housing. This shelter in Waukegan presently houses approximately 42 residents, including about 16 children. The administrative center in North Chicago, Illinois, oversees the following programs: New Beginnings offers permanent housing with supportive services for senior men; New Beginnings for Families emphasizes home-based case management, subsequent to clients moving into permanent rental housing and Safe Haven serves the chronically homeless who suffer from serious mental illness. There is also an outreach program that takes place throughout Lake County, offering needed products, services and information to homeless men, women and families. From October 1 through April 30 each year, PADS provides meals and a place to sleep to 100-140 people each night; locations include Grayslake, Indian Creek, Libertyville, Mundelein, North Chicago, Wauconda and Wildwood, in addition to the center in Waukegan. For more information on PADS in Lake County, to volunteer or make donations, please call Sandy Stephens at 847-689-4357 ext. 104, or visit their web site at www.pads-crisis-services.org.


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Chicago, ILUptown Cafe.
Detroit, MIHarvesting at Shaarei Zedek with produce to go to Yad Ezra.
Ft Collins, COHarvesting the Oshun Community Gardens, cooking the produce and feeding the hungry in Downtown Ft. Collins
Washington, D.C.TBD.
Los AngelesTBD.
2009
Chicago, ILGood News Kitchen.
Detroit, MIWorking in the Yad Ezra food pantry - the only kosher food pantry in SE Michigan.
Ft Collins, COBush Doctor Benefest, a fund raising benefit for Jason Bush, a young man in the Ft. Collins community who was diagnosed with testicular cancer and needed assistance with his medical bills. A number of Gabe's friends participated. In addition, the Friends of Gabe assisted at the Special Olympics bowling.
Washington, D.C.Gleaned Miller (no relation) Farm in Md. to feed persons in Greater Washington area.
Los AngelesCommunity Thanksgiving Dinner.
2008
Chicago, ILVolunteers assisted Habitat For Humanity.
Detroit, MIVolunteers assisted at the West Bloomfield Community Fame Games for the disabled.
Ft Collins, COFoundation volunteers helped build a green/sustainable home.
Washington, D.C.Friends of Gabe again helped clean the Anacostia River.
2007
Detroit, MIVolunteers assisted clients in obtaining groceries at Yad Ezra.
Ft Collins, COFriends of Gabe volunteered for Arts Alive Fort Collins.
Washington, D.C.Supporters helped Earth Conservation Corps clean Anacostia River.
Chicago, ILMembers of Chicago and its North Suburban communities served dinner to clients of Good News Community Kitchen in Chicago's Rogers Park.
2006
Detroit, MIVolunteers assisted clients in obtaining groceries at Yad Ezra.
Ft Collins, COFriends of Gabe spruced up the Colorado Coalition of Artists.
Springfield, ILVolunteers assist at St John's Breadline.
Washington, D.C.Supporters gather produce from fields for Shepherd's Table.
Waukegan, ILMembers of Chicago and its North Suburban communities prepared and served dinner to residents of the 'PADS at The Center Site'.