Social Services

Social Services

A year after Haitian efforts, group wants to help local folks find healthy meals

CHAMPAIGN — Volunteers who packaged thousands of meals for local hungry families last year — and helped pack 1 million meals for earthquake victims in Haiti — are collaborating on a new effort this fall.

Red Cross office down to one full-time staffer in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Restructuring will leave the American Red Cross office in Champaign open, but with just one full-time staff member.

Erin Miller, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter, based in Peoria, said longtime health services coordinator Susan Connelly is no longer on staff, but will remain on as a volunteer.

Community Blood Services set to merge with firm based in Iowa

URBANA — Community Blood Services of Illinois is moving ahead with plans to merge with a not-for-profit blood center based in Davenport, Iowa.

The merger is expected to be completed after regulatory approval, with those processes expected to be completed in November, the two organizations said Tuesday.

Website will match volunteers with opportunities

Sarah Zehr had two weeks between jobs when she moved back to Champaign-Urbana several years ago, so she decided to do some volunteer work.

Her charitable intent didn't pan out. The logistics proved too daunting and the timetable too short.

Judge extends order closing Cherry Orchard complex

URBANA — A Champaign County judge extended a temporary restraining order Friday that gives public-health officials the power to keep one building at an unsafe apartment complex north of Thomasboro closed.

Family Service celebrates 100 years

URBANA — Champaign County's first social services agency was organized 100 years ago in Champaign County, called United Charities of Champaign and Urbana.

Board leaders at Boys and Girls Club resign

CHAMPAIGN — The president, vice president and secretary of the board of directors of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club all resigned Tuesday.

Kevin Yonce, secretary of the board, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that he, board President Jane Solon and board Vice President Cathy Rector all resigned from their positions earlier in the day.

Hope Meadows brings families together for the good of all

RANTOUL -- The desire to give and receive — to help and to be needed — brought Dave and Yolanda Keefe together with a family of four adopted children and their new mother.

Still hurting from the loss of their 31-year-old daughter to cancer last November, the Keefes decided one way to heal is to give.

A closer look at Hope Meadows

In the northeast section of the former Chanute Air Force Base there lies a unique five-block community where children adopted from foster care find permanent and loving homes. They also find grandparents, playmates and an entire neighborhood designed to help them grow up in a secure and nurturing environment.

That's Hope Meadows.

Georgia firm to lead housing redevelopment

CHAMPAIGN — A private developer from Atlanta has been chosen to help orchestrate redevelopment at the sites of Joann Dorsey Homes and Dunbar Court.

Both of those low-income housing complexes are expected to be demolished late this year or early next year to make way for new housing.