Saturday, April 17, 2021

Compassion for Campers April Distribution Wraps Up Winter Program

Gear including stoves, tarps, mats, tents, personal care items, and non-perishable food on display at the March Compassion For Campers distribution at Warp Corps in Woodstock.

Compassion for Campers, the program that provides supplies and gear for the McHenry County homeless who have no steady shelter, will hold its last monthly distribution at Warp Corps, 114 North Benton Street in Woodstock on Tuesday April 20 from 3:30 to 5 pmClient access to Warp Corps will be from the rear entrance on Jackson Street.

Beginning in May Compassion for Campers will shift to a new warm weather schedule.  “The weekly lunches which the program used to host will return in a way adapted to the continuing restrictions of the Coronavirus emergency,” according to program coordinator Patrick Murfin.  “We will be unable to serve hot meals but will offer meals catered by local restaurants or box and bag lunches from local churches and volunteer groups.”

The lunches will be distributed in Woodstock along with camping supplies at a location and on a schedule soon to be announced.

Groups that would like to provide a lunch should contact summer program coordinator Sue Rekenthaler at

Compassion for Campers is grateful to the Faith Leaders of McHenry County, volunteers from Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, and Warp Corps for their invaluable support.

Contribute to the program by sending a check made out to Tree of Life UU Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050 with Compassion for Campers on the memo line. The donations are placed in a dedicated fund and not used for any other purpose.  Tree of Life also donates all of the administrative expenses of the program.



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