Social Services

Social Services

Cold snap has local shelters working overtime

The bitter cold weather sweeping through Central Illinois this week has put local shelters on alert for an increase in possible tenants.

The United Way of Champaign County's Director of Community Impact Beverley Baker said a few local shelters have the ability to expand their capacities to meet the need.

Lone domestic-violence shelter turning away hundreds

The only domestic-violence shelter in Champaign-Urbana has had to turn away hundreds of women and children because it does not have enough room — and the problem is only getting worse, according to shelter statistics.

For the retirees, Jan. 4-10, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Frerichs plans two events to celebrate his inauguration

SPRINGFIELD — The events celebrating Mike Frerichs' inauguration as state treasurer will include a reception in his hometown and a community-service project in Springfield.

Positive numbers for Salvation Army holiday campaigns

Some numbers are in from the Carle/Salvation Army of Champaign County's 30th annual Toy Drive and the Salvation Army's annual Christmas campaign.

Area shelters helping rescue dogs in hoarding situation in southern Illinois

Steve Houghton wanted to take them all home.

"I was in a fix. We really had room for only one big dog," said the volunteer with the Humane Society of Danville. "I broke down on the phone a little bit, because I just wanted to take more than one dog."

For the retirees, Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

12 stories of Christmas: Couple dedicated to helping homeless

CHAMPAIGN — There was a time when Barb and Dan Davies wondered what people without homes do for food and shelter.

They’ve long since not only seen for themselves, but have hit the streets of Champaign-Urbana every week, working to ease some of the miseries of homeless people sleeping outside in all weather and lining up for blankets, socks and sack lunches.

For the retirees, Dec. 21-28, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Bank analyst organizes drive to take diapers to orphanage in Haiti

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of diapers will be on their way to an orphanage in Haiti next month, thanks to local donors.

The diapers will be taken to God's Littlest Angels orphanage in Haiti by a group of 11 women set to make a mission trip there Jan. 12-19.

"We wanted to not go empty-handed," said the diaper drive coordinator, Crystal Odoms, 33, of Champaign.