Friday, July 16, 2021

Community Aid to Homeless Now Regular at Willow Crystal Lake

After a hugely successful launch in June the Community Empower Shower will become a regular, twice a month event at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main Street from 10 am to 2 pm beginning Friday, July 16.  Events will then be held on the first and third Fridays of each month, August 6 and 20 next monthCompassion for Campers, the program that provides camping gear and equipment to the McHenry County unhoused, is proud to participate.

Organizers have included even more groups, agencies, and services for the homeless population.  The Empowerment Shower is a collaborative effort of many organizations and agencies including the Crystal Lake Food Bank, Consumer Credit Counseling, Home of the Sparrow, Live 4 LALI, McHenry County Housing Authority, Pioneer Center, Prairie State Legal Services, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Veterans Path to Hope, Willow Crystal Lake, and Warp Corps.

Among the many services that will be offered at no cost are:

Mobil showers

Laundry Facilities

Camping Supplies including Tent, Stove, Sleeping Bags

Toiletries/Personal Care items


Onsite Meal




Assistance obtaining IDs, birth certiļ¬cates, Social Security cards

Assistance with SSI/SSDI (Disability)

Assistance with Medical coverage, SNAP, TANF

Medical Access—Doctor care, Covid-19 vaccine

Debt Management Services/Advocacy

Shelter and Housing Referrals and Linkages

Domestic Violence support

Veteran’s Services

Substance Use/Harm Reduction Tools and Support

Mental Health, Spiritual, and Social Support Referrals


Just some of the supplies available to Compassion for Campers unhoused clients at the June Community Empower Shower event at Willow Crystal Lake.

Compassion of Campers will continue to also offer supplies at Warp Corps, 114 Benton St. in Woodstock, for daily walk-up availability.

Contributions to support Compassion for Campers including building reserves for emergency hotel rooms during cold and snow emergencies this winter can be made 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.  Or contact the church administrator at for information how to donate by text or online.  The donations are placed in a dedicated fund and not used for any other purpose.  Tree of Life also donates all the administrative expenses of the program so 100% of all donations go directly to client assistance.


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