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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

April 23, 2014 – Rockford - Macedonia Church, 1720 Morgan St., Rockford IL 61102

May 8, 2014 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621 - (Women’s Only Event)

May 13, 2014 - Olney - Olney Central College, 305 N West St., Olney, IL 62450

June 3, 2014 - Ullin - Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, IL 62992

June 5, 2014 - South Suburban College, 15800 State Street, South Holland, IL 60473

June 10, 2014 - Springfield - IL State Fairgrounds Orr Building, Springfield, IL 62701

August 5, 2014 - Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Greenbay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064

August 12, 2014 – Carbondale - Grace United Methodist Church, 220 N. Tower Rd., Carbondale, IL 62901 – (Women’s Only Event)

October 1, 2014 – Rock Island – Church of the Nazarene, 2921 38th St., Rock Island, IL 61201

(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 - Harvest Time Bible Church, 1802 Dixon Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071; March 11, 2014 - Marion - 3rd Baptist Church, 1102 E. Boulevard, Marion, IL 62959; March 19, 2014 – Decatur - Old King’s Orchard Community Center, 815 North Church Street, Decatur, IL 62521)



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. 


The May 8, 2014 – Kennedy-King College event has reached its limit for vendors.
However, volunteers can still apply for this event.

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