Social Services

Social Services

Nonprofit microloan provider offers Champaign a 'gift' deal

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council received a present during its last meeting before a holiday recess — a potential partnership with nonprofit organization Justine Petersen to help small businesses and low- to moderate-income individuals gain capital through microlending.

Top of the morning, Dec. 14, 2016

Each week, 30-plus area students write for High School Confidential. Armstrong senior Holley Hambleton tipped us off to this:

Sticking to his word, Kurt Thornsbrough is going to have his hair dyed purple Monday.

Then it's off to the barbershop.

Service Club of the Week: Byron A. Hickerson Buckley American Legion Post 432

About the club

Commander: Jim Balk.

Origin: The post was founded in 1920.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Legion Hall, 313 S. Walnut St., Buckley.

For the retirees, Dec. 11-17, 2016

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.

Meet Empty Tomb's Christmas Starrs

CHAMPAIGN — Marge and Norm Starr aren't last-minute Christmas shoppers.

Then again, you can't be when you're shopping for more than 100 families.

The Champaign couple get to work collecting donated toys and gift basket items in January. By mid-December, they've collected hundreds of items for children and their parents for Empty Tomb's annual Christmas give-away.

Restoration Urban Ministries names new executive directors

CHAMPAIGN — Bonnie Craft-Tolston and Mary Richardson have assumed duties as assistant directors of Restoration Urban Ministries, freeing the founder/current pastor and executive director, Ervin T. Williams, to focus on moving people from homelessness into homeownership through the Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors Inc. subsidiary.

C-U warming centers open as shelter efforts continue

CHAMPAIGN — Temporary warming shelters have opened in Champaign-Urbana as efforts continue to get a winter emergency shelter for homeless men up and running at a local church.

Service Club of the Week: Savoy American Legion Post 1492

About the club

Commander: Bo Henry.

Origin: The post was launched about eight years ago.

Meets: 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Savoy Municipal Center.

Soup kitchen's move is underway

CHAMPAIGN — Daily Bread Soup Kitchen will begin moving into its new location at 118 N. First St. today and tentatively plans to serve its first hot meal there Dec. 19.

For the retirees, Dec. 4-10, 2016

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.