Social Services

Ministry's director has plenty of support

RANTOUL — Peter Schneider, director of Jesus is the Way Prison Ministries, remembers the first time he set foot in a prison.

The place was the state prison in Danville. The year was 1994.

"It was stark," he said. "It was very intimidating. The people who were running it seemed pretty aggressive as far as not cutting you any slack."


Group finds more than 100 homeless are 'most vulnerable'

A survey to find Champaign County's "most vulnerable" homeless identified more than 100 individuals at risk of dying on the street, according to the group that sponsored the poll.

C-U At Home, a church-based group formed earlier this year, conducted the survey this week as part of a national campaign called 100,000 Homes. Preliminary results were announced Friday.


Danville police to take children shopping

DANVILLE — Some Danville police officers are gearing up for one of their favorite assignments each year.

On Saturday morning, they will take about 51 elementary-school students from Vermilion County shopping for new winter clothing as part of the Danville Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association Unit 11's Clothes for Kids event.


State-of-the-art Hope House closer to reality

RANTOUL — Hope Meadows officials are hoping to have the "shell" of their new Hope House in Rantoul completed in time for people attending a National Conference on Aging in Champaign to view it next month.

Nicole Thompson, project manager, said the conference is scheduled for Nov. 11.


Still time to vote for Humane Society in web contest

     There's less than a week left to vote for the Champaign County Humane Society to win a website makeover.
    
     The group is a finalist in a web contest sponsored byLRS Web Solutions of Springfield.


Meals of Hope 2011

Meals of Hope at Urbana Middle School in Urbana on Saturday, October 22, 2011.


New emergency alert form to debut

     Champaign County residents have an opportunity to inform local authorities about people who might need special assistance during a disaster.


Homeless advocate group still seeking volunteers for survey

     The leader of a Champaign homeless advocate group says she's still in need of volunteers for a survey to be conducted around the city next week.


Champaign County YMCA gets big contribution from private donors

     The Champaign County YMCA has received another boost toward its goal of raising money for its new facility.

     The Y's CEO Mark Johnson says private donors have stepped forward and said they will match every dollar the public donates to the project up to $2 million.


25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.


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