Christians Serving Our Neighbors & Friends in Need

Kendall Cares is a grassroots organization encouraging communication and collaboration among county government officials, churches, and caring individuals in Kendall County, Illinois, that strive to assist county residents with resources and assistance.

In the year 2000, Kendall County was identified as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. By 2012, Kendall County also ranked among counties with the highest foreclosure rate in Illinois. One in every 13 households was in some state of foreclosure.

In April 2009, community leaders, government leaders, church pastors, and concerned citizens came together at the first Kendall Cares Community Breakfast was hosted by Cross Lutheran Church, Yorkville. The objective of that first meeting was to discuss opportunities to more effectively serve those Kendall County residents facing economic hardship.

Inspired by a shared common faith in Jesus Christ, Kendall Cares is designed to serve people in our community through:

  • Access to health-care for the uninsured and under insured
  • Shelter for a growing homeless population
  • Access to resources for those in need and for those who wish to serve
  • As these needs were identified, small task teams began working together - Christians working together becoming the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our own backyard. Out of these conversations, the Kendall Cares Clinic and PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) have come to fruition.

    Watch a video to learn more about the impact the Kendall Cares clinics have on our community.

    PADS in Kendall County

    Since October 2010, Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) has been active in Kendall County. PADS is dedicated to providing temporary, safe shelter and nourishing food to the men, women, and children in Kendall County who are homeless or in need.

    Kendall County PADS will operate from Sunday, October 14, 2012 through Saturday, April 15, 2013. PADS operates in seven different churches serving as shelter sites, each taking one night per week, through the cold months of the year. The sites are open from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

    A total of 600 volunteers are needed for PADS to operate most efficiently. We invite adults, age 18 or older, from community organizations, schools, churches and businesses and interested citizens to serve as volunteers. Visit the PADS website for details and registration forms.

    Kendall County PADS is a Not-for-Profit 501c3 program and as such relies fully on donations and volunteers.

    Kendall Cares expresses thanks to the community leaders who have participated, thus far, in one or more of these community breakfasts. A special word of thanks to a few individuals who have taken a leadership role in helping to turn informal breakfast discussions into action:

    Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director & Public Health Administrator, Kendall County Health Department
    Rev. Mark Gregory, Yorkville Congregational Church
    Laurel Mateyka, Assistant Principal, Plano High School
    Richard Randall, Kendall County Sheriff
    Sharon Schultz, Homeless Liaison for Regional Office of Education, Grundy & Kendall Counties
    Maria Spaeth, Executive Director, Kendall County Food Pantry
    These Community Breakfasts, hosted by Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, occur semi-annually at Loving Arms Child Care Center, located on Mill Road, east of Kennedy Road and west of Orchard in Bristol Township.