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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 13, 2018 – Champaign - Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821

April 3, 2018 – Bloomington - Salvation Army, 611 W. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701

April 24, 2018 – Aurora – Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora, IL 60506
(Summit of Health – Healthcare Providers Only please)

(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; March 31, 2015, Chicago, IL; May 5, 2015, Effingham, IL; June 2, 2015, Ullin, IL; June 5, 2015, Springfield, IL; June 24, 2015, Chicago, IL; July 23, 2015, North Chicago, IL; September 2, 2015, Joliet, IL; September 15, 2015, Aurora, IL; October 7, 2015, Rock Island, IL; November 3, 2015, Carmi, IL; March 10, 2016, Chicago, IL; April 5, 2016, Marion, IL; April 7, 2016, Maywood, IL; June 8, 2016, Springfield, IL; August 23, 2016, Barrington, IL; September 29, 2016, Decatur, IL; Health Care Summit of Hope-October 20, 2016, Chicago, IL; March 24, 2017, Chicago, IL; April 20, 2017, Joliet, IL; May 5, 2017, Aurora, IL); June 15, 2017, Springfield, IL; June 29th, 2017, Chicago, IL; August 3, 2017, Rockford, IL; August 29, 2017, Quincy, IL; September 15, 2017, Chicago Heights, IL; October 11, 2017, Chicago, 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.


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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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