The New Year has brought snow and frigid temperatures to the unhoused population of McHenry County. Compassion for Campers, the program that provides camping gear and equipment to the homeless, will have what is needed by those who are sleeping outdoors including warm clothing at the Community Empower Shower event this Friday, January 7 at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main Street from 10 am to 2 pm. The following distribution will be held there on Friday, January 21 during the same hour. As winter has closed in they have been serving record numbers of clients at each event.
Community Empower Shower which provides wide ranging services for the homeless and those who are facing housing crisis, are held on the first and third Fridays of each month.
During the cold weather showers will still be offered inside the building.Haircuts are among the many services offered an Community Empower Shower events.
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:
Camping Supplies including Tent, Stove, Sleeping Bags
Toiletries/Personal Care items
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
Substance Use/Harm Reduction Tools and Support
Mental Health, Spiritual, and Social Support Referrals
Contributions to support Compassion for Campers are urgently needed to continue to purchase supplies and can be made by sending a check made out to the Tree of Life UU Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050 with Compassion for Campers on the memo line or donate on-line here designating Compassion for Campers in the drop down menu. 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.
For more information contact Compassion for Campers coordinator Patrick Murfin at 815 814-5645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .