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The Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter with shelters in Ottawa and Peru will not be accepting new clients until Illinois’ stay-at-home order is lifted.
The Ottawa shelters' clients and case managers have moved temporarily to the Peru shelter to better allow the nonprofit agency to focus on their safety and assistance.
The move also allows IV PADS to combine its employees, material supplies and financial resources.
There are about 38 people total at the Peru shelter as of Wednesday afternoon, and included in that number are 24 to 26 people from the Ottawa shelter, said IV PADS Executive Director Carol Alcorn.
The Peru shelter is open 24 hours, 7 days a week right now. There is administrative staff still at the Ottawa facility on a limited basis.
The shelters will be open to new clients after the stay-at-home order is lifted.
The Ottawa clients had been transported to the Peru shelter in vans.
Both the Peru and Ottawa Lily Pads Resale stores are temporarily closed until Wednesday, April 8. The resale stores fund the majority of IV PADS budgeted yearly expenses.
All of the proceeds made from both resale stores benefit IV PADS (Ottawa PADS, Peru PADS and Lily Pads). Donated items are either sold to earn revenue to support IV PADS, or donations are given directly to the homeless clients served.
For those who want to help, call 815-224-3047. Alcorn said the community has been very generous with donations, but “it's not over yet,” she said about the pandemic.
Also visit www.ivpads.com for more info and follow “Ottawa PADS” and “Peru PADS” on Facebook.
Reporter Ali Braboy can be reached at email@example.com and (815) 220-6931.