Community Bank OPRF grant to West Suburban PADS
Updated: October 16, 2012 3:04PM
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest has announced that West Suburban PADS is the recipient of Community Bank’s Champion Grant. The purpose of the Champion Grant is to assist organizations in providing community outreach programs for low- or moderate-income individuals.
Founded in 1992, West Suburban PADS is the only agency whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in Cook County’s 20 near-west suburban communities. Headquarted in Maywood, West Suburban PADS supports five main program areas: emergency shelter, supportive services/case management, supportive housing, employment readiness and homeless prevention. More information about West Suburban PADS is available on its website at www.westsuburbanpads.org.
A grant in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Lynda Schueler, executive director of PADS, on April 30. Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, and Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer for Community Bank, presented the grant. PADS will use the grant to support its Career Passport Program, an intensive employment readiness program that identifies and resolves long-term barriers to retained employment and career advancement. The Career Passport Program was developed by the Chicago-based Career Advancement Network, and is customized for PADS to serve the homeless population.
Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities. Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year. The Champion Grant application is available on the Community Bank website at www.cboprf.com.