Redeemer's Support Groups Your journey will only take you as far as you want to go. Support group members provide each other with all types of help. Members with similar issues can share coping strategies in order to feel like they are not going down that road alone. This gives members a sense of community. Narcotics Anonymous NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a twelve-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous describing itself as a "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem." and it is the second-largest 12-step organization. The program is group-oriented, and is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, adapted from AA. As of May 2010 [update] there were more than 58,000 NA meetings in 131 countries. Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. Overeaters Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a twelve-step program for people with problems related to food including, but not limited to, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorder, bulimics and anorexics. Anyone with a problematic relationship with food is welcomed, as OA's Third Tradition states that the only requirement for memberships is a desire to stop eating compulsively. South Suburban PADS Celebrating 30 years of service – 1990 to 2020 South Suburban PADS is an inter-faith program providing shelter and supportive services to homeless persons. Compassion, hospitality and dignity are key characteristics of the PADS program. PADS partners with Faith Communities throughout the south and southwest suburbs who provide the facilities and volunteer staff. PADS provides the operational structure, supplemental volunteer support, and supportive services such as free medical attention, substance abuse referrals, employment services, homeless prevention programs, job readiness training, resume development and job search skills, housing assistance programs, financial management and various other life-skills training programs. Congratulations and thank you to all our loyal volunteers and Faith Communities. PADS could not have reached this milestone without your time, compassion and commitment to our shared mission. South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1990 as a response to the growing numbers of individuals and families becoming homeless in the “southland” region (Chicago’s south suburbs). Originally partnering with three congregations, an overnight, emergency shelter network was born. Today, the emergency shelter network is still in existence and the 3 sites have grown to 14 sites. It is our mission and vision to move every individual and family experiencing homelessness from the streets to permanent supportive housing. Since its opening 30 years ago, SSPADS has served over 17,000 men, women and children, provided over 500,000 shelter nights, and 1.5 million free meals. In addition to the shelter network, SSPADS manages 83 owned rental units and manages another 50 or so leased permanent supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our Country Club Hills Wellness Center. The Permanent Supportive Housing programs offer wraparound services with individual case management, physical and mental healthcare partnerships, financial security education, and access to employment services.