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“PADS” expects a busier season

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2015

Another ripple effect from the budget impasse. “P.A.D.S.” is opening again Tuesday to the homeless – especially those receiving state assistance for rent, heat or electricity bills. Carol Alcorn is the Executive Director. She told the News Tribune they’re prepping for more guests staying a lot longer. Last year, Alcorn said 160 men, 76 women and 18 children stayed in the Peru and Ottawa shelters. 180 stayed less than a month.

The Peru facility lodges 16 men and 8 women. “P.A.D.S.” needs 280 volunteers a month and some are getting too old to help. And, since the state isn’t paying, “P.A.D.S.” needs more funding to keep it all going. Items needed include peanut butter and jelly, floor cleaners, toilet cleaners, resealable bags, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, plastic spoons and laundry soap.

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