Social Services

Fundraiser offers new twist on 'Oz'

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will present on the evening of July 14 the "Wizard of Oz: There's No Place Like Home" event, featuring a reception before the screening of the classic 1939 movie at the Art Theater Co-op.


For the retirees, July 6-13, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


Top of the Morning, July 5, 2014

The scenery on both coasts might be better. But for a group of Illini currently biking from New York to San Francisco, nothing can top Nebraska.


Program aims for EPIC change — from gangs to good

CHAMPAIGN — Gang leaders are really good businesspeople, says the Rev. Eugene Barnes at the Metanoia Centers in the Bristol Place neighborhood.

Think about it: "They make vast amounts of money, then invest that money," Barnes said. Unfortunately, they usually invest that money unwisely.


Teens will tackle 45 rehab projects in Danville

DANVILLE — As preparations for a large-scale housing-rehab project in the Danville area enter the homestretch, local organizers are feeling more at ease.

Monday was a different matter.

They needed about 90 donated ladders for the rehab, which runs July 7-12, but had rounded up only 35 or so.


For the retirees, June 22-29, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


Meet the new leader for Courage Connection

Courage Connection, the Champaign nonprofit agency formerly known as the Center for Women in Transition, has a new executive director, Isak Griffiths of Champaign.

The agency helps domestic violence victims and homeless women and children — providing a hotline, shelter, transitional housing and assistance that helps families back on the road to independence.


C-U at Home cancels fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home has canceled its next fund-raiser, One Summer Day, that was set for June 28.

Melany Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said the cancellation was driven by low participation and a need to focus all attention on the opening of the Phoenix, a daytime drop-in center for the homeless, that is coming up in August.


For the retirees, June 15-22, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


State organization honors Davis for mentoring program

For the second time in a little over a decade, the Rev. Harold Davis is being recognized by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative for his ground-breaking mentoring program.


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