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Homeless shelters open doors to those in need

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2014

You’ve heard stories about your grandparents offering odd jobs and sandwiches to what were called hobos back in the day. A lot of has changed since then but the need for food and shelter has not.

People you wouldn’t suspect of being homeless rely on the services of Illinois Valley PADS. The shelters in Peru and Ottawa opened for the season Monday and will be open daily until next May 31.

PADS relies on volunteers and donations. You can help them by donating money and items or volunteering your time. A list of items they need is available by clicking

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