As Winter edges closer so do the longest nights for the homeless. Back in March, Berwyn’s public library began buying up bus passes to give to the homeless. The library has to close at night and that means kicking out people that have nowhere to go. The intention of the passes are to give someone the means to find an overnight shelter or to at least find somewhere that’s warm and open at night.
West Suburban PADS, an organization that provides the homeless with shelter and housing, currently operates two emergency overnight shelters in Berwyn. St. Mary of Celle Church located on 1428 Wesley Ave. operates every Saturday. First Lutheran Church on 6720 31st St. operates every third and fourth Saturday of the month. Both shelters open their doors at 7:30 p.m. and close at 7:oo a.m., they provide dinner, breakfast and a to-go lunch.
Battling homelessness is no easy task, but organizations like West Suburban PADS are a good place to start.