Thursday, September 2, 2021

Community Power Shower Sets Fall Schedule for Homeless

The Community Empower Shower event which provides wide ranging services for the homeless and those who are facing housing crisis has set a Fall schedule for the first and third Fridays of every month from 10 am to 2 pm at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main Street.  This month that will be this Friday, September 11 and Friday, September 17.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has abruptly ended the moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures under a Center for Disease Control (CDC) emergency order for many moderate and low income people.  An Illinois suspension order extended by Governor J.B. Pritzker to mid-September may or may not be extended or modified.  Many are facing imminent homelessness.  The agencies participating in the Empower Shower Event are bracing for an overwhelming surge.

Not everyone will be the hard core homeless people expect...

Compassion for Campers, the program that provides camping gear and equipment to the McHenry County unhoused, is one of those.  It also has gear available at Warp Corps, 114 Benton Street in Woodstock, for daily walk-up availability.  The program will be in urgent need of donations to restock their equipment and supplies.

...First time homeless including families, the elderly, and disabled are expected to overwhelm agencies as evictions and foreclosures ramp up this fall.

Empower Shower 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, Family Health Partnership Clinic, 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.

Services offered at no cost include:

Mobil showers

Laundry Facilities

Camping Supplies including Tent, Stove, Sleeping Bags

Toiletries/Personal Care items


Onsite Meal




Assistance obtaining IDs, birth certificates, 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


Contributions to support Compassion for Campers including building reserves for 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. 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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