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Summit of Hope - Illinois Department of Corrections

The Summit of Hope is a community expo, bringing together local service providers to create a "one-stop" environment for invited parolees and probationers to obtain necessary assistance to move past barriers, which may prevent an individual from leading a successful life. The Summit of Hope is a proven Illinois Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Public Health sanctioned program, independently organized in individual communities throughout the state. These events are helped tremendously by the participation and generosity of each hosting community.

The mission of the Summit of Hope is to guide and assist parolees and probationers with available services to better ensure reintegration into the community and thus reduce recidivism. This approach is not only a very time-efficient way to reach a high-risk population, but it also provides added value by meeting the many needs of those who have recently been released. These individuals are trying to become productive members of their communities, and the services available to them will often be the difference between success and failure. The objective of each event is to give "Hope" to those who may have lost it.

The Illinois Department of Corrections Summit of Hope expos are instrumental in helping create safer communities. A crime-free life for ex-offenders translates into safer communities for all.

Upcoming Summit of Hope Events

March 31, 2015 – Chicago - New Beginnings Church of Chicago, 6620 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

May 5, 2015 – Effingham - Cornerstone Christian Church, 3600 S. Banker (South Route 45), Effingham, IL 62401

June 2, 2015 – Ullin - Shawnee Community College, 8354 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, IL 62922

June 5, 2015 – Springfield - Illinois State Fair Grounds, Orr Building, 801 E. Sangamon Avenue, (4 H Road), Springfield, IL 62702

June 10, 2015 – Villa Park – DuPage County - Willowbrook High School, 1250 South Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, IL 60181

July 14, 2015 – North Chicago - Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064

September 15, 2015 – Aurora - Painters District Council 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora, IL 60506

(PREVIOUS SUMMIT OF HOPE EVENTS: May 14, 2013, Olney, IL; June 4, 2013, Ullin, IL; June 4, 2013, Springfield, IL; June 13, 2013, Hillside, IL; June 25, 2013, Marion, IL; July 19, 2013, Joliet, IL; August 6, 2013, Harvey, IL; August 22, 2013, Collinsville, IL; September 10, 2013, Carmi, IL; September 24, 2013, Champaign, IL; October 1, 2013, Rock Island, IL; October 8, 2013, Carbondale, IL; October 30, 2013, Chicago, IL; November 5, 2013, Peoria, IL; November 12, 2013, Mount Vernon, IL; February 20, 2014, Rock Falls, IL; March 11, 2014, Marion, IL; March 19, 2014, Decatur, IL; April 23, 2014, Rockford, IL; May 8, 2014, Chicago, IL (Women’s Only Event); May 13, 2014, Olney, IL; June 3, 2014, Ullin, IL; June 5, 2014, South Holland, IL; June 10, 2014, Springfield, IL; August 5, 2014, Chicago, IL; August 12, 2014, Carbondale, IL; September 16, 2014, East St. Louis, IL; October 1, 2014, Rock Island, IL; October 7, 2014, Carbondale, IL; February 3, 2015, Carmi, IL; February 24, 2015, Rock Falls, IL; March 3, 2015, Marion, IL; March 13, 2015, Decatur, IL)



Vendors and volunteers, please complete the below registration form to the best of your ability for the specific Summit of Hope event you would like to register for and click Submit.


Vendors and service providers are needed at each summit to assist with: state identification, counseling, transportation, food, clothing, shelter, child care/support services, faith-based services/support, primary health care referrals, screening for blood pressure, vision screening, HIV testing and care, veterans’ information, Social Security Administration, employment services, education/training services, haircuts, dress for success, mock interviews, and more!

Click here for more information regarding summit vendor instructions.


Volunteers play a vital role at Summit of Hope events and lots of assistance is needed to help ensure a successful event.  Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways.  Most of the volunteers will be needed to guide and assist returning citizens through a maze of services to identify and connect with community providers and resources; these individuals will help participants break the ice with vendors and providers.  Volunteers will also be needed to work the registration and exit tables, assist with breakfast/lunch food, assist as door greeters, and more!  If there is a specific job you desire, please indicate in the comments section on the form below.

Click here for more information about volunteer job duties/responsibilities and volunteer instructions. 


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