Compassion for Campers moves indoors for winter distributions

  • The final outdoor Compassion for Campers distribution for the season was held at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Woodstock Oct. 27. The winter distribution will be held at three locations across McHenry County.

    The final outdoor Compassion for Campers distribution for the season was held at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Woodstock Oct. 27. The winter distribution will be held at three locations across McHenry County. Courtesy of Compassion for Campers

 
Submitted by Patrick Murfin
Updated 11/11/2020 12:53 PM

Compassion for Campers, the program that provides supplies and gear for the McHenry County homeless who have no steady shelter, will move indoors this winter at three locations: First United Methodist Church, 3717 Main St. in McHenry; Warp Corps, 114 N. Benton St. in Woodstock; and First Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. in Crystal Lake.

Each location will host at six week intervals for the duration of the season.

 

The following is the schedule for the November-April season.

• First United Methodist Church-McHenry (enter basement from rear parking lot): Dec. 22, Feb. 1, March 15, and April 12.

• Warp Corps (enter marked door on Jackson Street side): Nov. 25, Jan. 4, Feb. 15, and March 29.

• First Church (enter marked door only): Dec. 8, Jan. 18, March 1, and April 12.

Distribution will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on each of these Tuesday afternoons.

Clients will be Covid-19 screened out side with a temperature check and standard screening questions. No one failing the test will be turned away but we will ask what they need and bring supplies out to them.

All clients are required to be masked before entering the buildings and a mask will be provided to anyone who does not have one. Clients will be admitted one at a time and no more will be allowed inside at any time than the individual location can safely accommodate with correct social distancing. At the conclusion of the distribution all remaining supplies will be packed for storage and the host area will be cleaned and disinfected.

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Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution, especially younger folks in good health. Contact Patrick Murfin at pmurfin@sbcglobal.net or phone (815) 814-5645 if you are available on any of the dates listed.

Donations to continue this work 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 to the church.

The distributions are sponsored The Faith Leaders of McHenry County, host churches, Compassion for Campers, and Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church volunteers.

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