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A big step for PADS: Organization jumps over ‘huge hurdle’ on its way to new shelter

July 24, 2018

DIXON – PADS recently finished a major project in transforming a donated home into a shelter for women and children, and the hope is to open by the first of the year.

Ed Miller donated the 125-year-old two-story home at 203 W. Everett St. to Dixon PADS in May last year, and the organization has worked to bring the property up to code so it can accommodate more families and double its capacity in the community.

The biggest hurdle was lead abatement needed outside and inside the house, and Boss Roofing and the Lee County Health Department went over a plan to fix the issues.

Boss started construction in May and re-sided the house, replaced 57 windows as well as interior trim, and cleaned up inside.

The Health Department did a lead inspection last month, and results came in recently giving PADS the green light.

“It’s a huge accomplishment and a huge hurdle to overcome,” PADS Director Terra Lorenzen said Tuesday. “It has taken a year to get where we’re at, but we did it, and it’s wonderful.”

The organization raised about $70,000 for the lead abatement and aims to raise another $30,000 for the rest of the work needed, which will be replacing the plumbing, gutting the bathrooms and kitchen, and installing heating and cooling units.

“I’ve never lived in a community where I’ve seen such overwhelming support, and there’s always people wanting to fill the need,” Lorenzen said.

The organization’s shelter at 805 W. First St. can accommodate 16 men, women and children, who are separated by floors, and the new shelter will be able to fit 16 women and children.

Fundraising events are ongoing for the shelter, including a Queen of Hearts raffle at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at K’s Korners, 13030 Galt Road, in Sterling. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

PADS will also be selling elotes street corn and Culver’s custard at the Lee County 4-H Fair Thursday through Sunday at 1196 Franklin Road in Amboy.

Material donations in need include toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, notebooks, pens, black markers, twin bedding, gas and Walmart gift cards, and towels.

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