Thursday, January 29, 2015

12th Annual People In Need Forum -- Saturday

The McHenry County community is coming together again to sponsor and support the 12th annual People in Need Forum from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at McHenry County College. The People in Need Forum is ideal for service providers of all types and community volunteers to learn about the many resources that are available county-wide and at the state and federal level. Also invited are those seeking information on their own behalf to learn how to be their own best advocate. Prior registration is requested and may be done online now at

The People in Need Forum features people and resources available in the area to help individuals in need through breakout sessions, panel discussions and workshops. The forum’s expo offers resources from more than 60 area service organizations. 

Professionals and experts will present informative sessions on a variety of topics, including food stamps and Medicaid, health care for uninsured, behavioral health services, veterans’ issues, housing and energy assistance, mortgages, foreclosures/short sales and money management; senior and elder issues, domestic violence, transitional services for youth, homelessness, townships and general emergency assistance, transportation, and employment/unemployment issues.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide vital information that is needed by so many in the McHenry County area,” said Bev Thomas, People in Need chairperson. “It’s often difficult to find the right place to refer someone in need, but we are happy to bring together the many social service providers in our area for a one-stop resource,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in the Luecht Conference Center in Building B at the college. Each attendee will receive the 2015 Forum Resource Directory and a flash drive containing the directory, speaker presentations and additional agency information.

For more information, visit or call Bev Thomas at 
(815) 479-7792.

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