Public Action to Deliver Shelter

Each Thursday night beginning in October through the end of April St. Joseph provides shelter to the homeless of McHenry County.

On the 4th Thursday St. Joseph volunteers are the hosts for our guests.  

We are blessed to be able to host a shelter for the homeless of McHenry County.  In order to do this, we need your help.  There are many way you can help.  Our shifts are: 

5:30-8:00 p.m.  This includes setting up mattresses for our guests to sleep on, preparing coffee and cold drinks, setting up paper plates and plastic ware, help with serving the food, cooking and cleaning up.

8:00-11:00 p.m.  This involves preparing lunches for our guests to take with them in the morning, chaperoning our guests and overseeing their going to bed.

11:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.  Chaperone our guests while they sleep.

3:00-7:00 a.m.  Chaperone our guests, prepare their breakfast—coffee, cereal, whatever, get them up, serve breakfast and supervise cleanup of Fr. Miller Hall and their departure.

Please contact Bill Weber to let him know which shift you are interested in helping with.  Bill Weber:  815-675-3306

 In addition to help with shifts, we are in need of people to wash sheets and pillow cases on the 4th week.

Please consider helping as a volunteer in serving the homeless or donating food or other items that we need.  If you have any question, please call Deacon Al or Helen Dietz at 262-279-0894.  To sign up to volunteer, please call Bill Weber at 815-675-3306.   


Each month we are in need of the following items for our guests:

          Regular & decaf coffee

          Creamer, sugar & artificial sweetener packets

          Drink mixes (lemonade & fruit punch) enough to make 2-4 gallons

          Peanut butter & jelly or jam

          Individual packets of snack chips

          Cookies for sack lunches

          Juice boxes or bottles of water

          Coffee cups (8 oz Styrofoam)

          Disposable Styrofoam 10 in. plates, 7 in. plates, cereal bowls & salad bowls

          Plastic knives, forks & spoons

          Paper napkins

          Large paper lunch bags

          Zip-lock sandwich bags      

Please place items in the PADS box in Fr. Blake Hall.

We appreciate your generosity in these difficult economic times in providing the needs of the homeless.  You are a blessing to this program.