The Peoria Summit of Hope was held at the Peoria Civic Center on October 3rd 2012 and what a day in Peoria it was!! The Peoria Civic Center was an awesome venue, special thanks to the Peoria Civic Center and their staff. What a group of volunteers and staff assembled together thanks to the colleges of Peoria, thank you Robin Tucker for making this all happen, you set the bar higher now great job. The following quotes are taken from the participants evaluations, “Summit of Hope was helpful in bettering my life for the future”, “The opportunity to get services when you are coming home from the DOC is priceless”
A total of 1032 participants attended
64 received a new Illinois Identification card
5 written test were given
47 were able to sit down with a Secretary of State Hearing Officer.
44 signed up to be organ donors
8 registered to vote through the Secretary of State
131 registered to vote NAACP
175 received an HIV test
360 Narcotics Anonymous
366 Center for Youth and Family Solutions
240 IDOT Traffic Safety
299 Center for Prevention of Abuse
395 ME TEC
343 IADES, Inc
294 Healthcare & Family Services /Child Support
269 NAACP Peoria Branch
458 IIAR Proctor
285 Tazwood Mental Health Center
272 Fifth Street Renaissance
280 Rose Medical
309 Peoria Heights Cong Church
331 GROW in Illinois
368 Children’s Home
320 Illinois Guardianship Advocacy Commission
257 Comforting Hands Foundation
348 Peoria City /County Health Dept.
269 South Side Mission
315 Mental Health America of Il Valley
306 Minority Aid’s Awareness Council
494 Workforce Network
395 Tri-County Peoria Urban League
182 Department of Veterans Affairs
225 Department of Veterans
357 Prairie State Legal Services
388 Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
481 Central Illinois Agency on Aging
310 Peoria Friendship House
171 Methodist Medical Center – Breast Health
227 Heart of Illinois HIV/AIDS Center
277 YWCA of Pekin
410 South Side Office of Concern
371 Fayette Companies/White Oak
394 Berean Ministries
352 Peoria Housing Authority
362 Peoria Area Intergroup Association
Several vendors not reported at this time
Question #1 Are you satisfied participating in the summit today assisted you in some way?
Yes……….953 No………….20 Blank………..55
Question #2 Did you find the presenters adequately addressed your concerns and questions?
Yes………944 No………….19 Blank………65
Question #3 Do you feel that you volunteer was helpful in making this a positive experience?
Yes………969 No…………...4 Blank……..55
Question #4 Do you intend to follow-up with any of the agencies you visited today?
Yes………921 No………….46 Blank…….56 Maybe………..5
What did you like Best?
Summit of Hope was helpful in bettering my life for the future, Positive attitude, The people weren’t judgmental and there was a variety of choices for help, Getting my needs taken care of for free, Summit of people, The fact people treated us like people and not offenders, There was so much to offer that I wasn’t aware of, The presenters were helpful with informing me on what they were about, How there was somebody with you helping you the whole way, The opportunity to get services when you are coming home from the DOC is priceless, The news camera, The help/info, Very helpful, All the help available, That all these places pulled together to help all of us felons J, Conversation, How they actually sat down and talked about the stuff, Nothing, Cookies, Testing, Volunteer!!, Job opportunities, going around booth to booth, Everything, The whole thing, Everything, The jobs and all the help, The way they walked around was help to me, Talking to the volunteer, The way they walk around was help to me, Housing help, Everything, For helping find jobs and homes, That my buddy was helpful, That they are trying to help, My volunteer, Nothing, Volunteer help, The job opportunities, The free candy, Another outlook on things, Food, It was a lot of great booths that could be very helpful, Candy, Social environment, Religious, Conversation, The Mammogram, A lot of helpful people, Quick, Variety of help being offered, My volunteer J, The help, The assistance, WorkForce Network, Told to talk to recruiter to expunge to go to Marines, The walk around and learning and my volunteer was very insightful and helpful, Nothing, Organized, Helpful, Job skills, Everything, There are many positive things here, Volunteers, Job agencies/Southside Mission, My volunteer, The volunteer, The volunteer, Candy, Looking around, Info on trade school, AA/Work force, Candy, Gifts, Very organized, Kindness and candy, My volunteer person was so helpful, How much information I found out today, All of the above, Peanut butter snickers/anger management/parenting classes/resources available, Mental Health and job services, YWCA of Pekin, All of it, People were very friendly, Financial Services/credit, The services, The information, Volunteer and AIDS test, Just be encouraged, All of this, Got registered to vote! Got registered to vote and signed up for better potential jobs, The jobs that was provided, The helpful volunteer, ICC thing, End, That they can help me with everything I need, Good amount of information, All the help and angles I’ve got, Apartment/Education/Counseling information, End, Workforce Information, All agencies in one location, Everything, My volunteer, All the resources, The free help, Well organized/awesome number of vendors, Urban League, Free condoms, Everything, Talking to volunteer, The choices that were available, The faith based programs and awareness on our rights, They offer everything that someone needs help with, Everything/help, The volunteer, Friendliness &really listening everyone not only my volunteer, All the different opportunities, All of it, It was informative, All, Jobs that were hiring, Tables with employment opportunities, I thought this was great very educational and informative, Information about things, Everybody in 1 place together, The women at workforce network, My volunteer was kind and showed respect, Housing, The different agencies that’s here to help us, That all of these places was here at once it was helpful, Everything, Free HIV test, The presenters, Drugs and Alcohol/housing, All, ICash, Learning about employment opportunities & acquiring my GED and coming to the Civic Center, Wide variety of assistance available/otherwise unknown to me, looking for a job, Everything, What I liked was the Urban League because they are more open and freely taking in applications to help you go get your GED, Schooling, Network force, I like everything, Job vendors and information, Showed me different services in Peoria, Information, How helpful everyone is, They were very friendly and nice helpful, Everything, Registering to vote, I like that the position of HIV, HIV testing/school and job help, The volunteers, Liked everything, Organization, Very good, Everything, Prairie legal services, Workforce Network, Housing AA/NA, Driver’s license & all of it, The job openings and different help for the unfortunate, Hospitality/Job training skills, How they spoke with us an gave us good advice to get out an make something of ourselves, Organization of vendors/information available and overall abundance of community services involvement, The voting booth and the fact that they are taking time out to care for the community, The free things, Not sure, Job assistance, So many reference, Volunteer, All, All the services in one place, Helping out with job seeking, How helpful the volunteer was and all the info from the agencies, The construction I am with South side Mission, How helpful the volunteer was with us, Everything, Condoms, State ID’s, Getting my ID, Multitude of options, Hospitality, The workforce Network and Urban League, The info and food, DMV, Employment & Education based agencies ICC, Urban League etc., Everything, Job applications, All, The nice people, V.A. help, The help with everything and all the information, Nice & demonstrations, Workforce Network, Schooling, The kindness of the different programs, Everything, Everything, Everything, Helped finding job, All the help to find jobs, Housing Info, Workforce network, The information, Helping with the housing and the 12 steps, It was a very nice program, Looking for jobs, Finding out new things, There was a bunch of different tables, Finding out Peoria Housing Authority help males out, The information, Volunteer, Free housing Peoria Housing Authority, Volunteer J, Very helpful, That they had jobs and setup with and interview, Getting useful information, The different programs that were here, Getting my State ID, All the paperwork will be useful, Help from everyone, It went quick, I like it all this was good for me to know, Job search help, Many helpful programs, Good program, Finding out when the job fair is, It was a good thing for people good resources and opportunities, Liked the information received today, My speech I made for the TV, I got my ID, That people came out to help, Good job opportunities, Meeting new people, Workforce Network job building skills, Talking and meeting people that were there to help, The Secretary of State/counseling/financial assistance, The many different job opportunities/the very kind & understanding individuals, The volunteers!!, All the different resources available at once, The help, Having opportunities come to me, The help we had from the volunteer she was very well mannered, Not sure, Volunteers very nice and the rehabilitation support, That you guys are reaching out and giving us another chance, All the information on programs I didn’t know about, Got a lot of information, Better chance of getting a job, Walking around looking at all the different booths, Workforce, Spending all my day here!, That it was quick and well organized, Child support/debt management, Volunteer was very helpful and was really interested in finding me a job I really enjoyed my time here and the time spent with me, The women that interviewed me, Just knowing there is help out there, Driver’s license help, Very helpful and informative assistance for people who don’t understand pregnancy, Job opportunities/fellow Christians/help with resume also!, all of it, Information, The help I got, Having someone to help me through the tables, A lot of agencies, The housing Authority said that they give second chances, PCCEO, Different options for most but could have been more on education, IDK, I feel the Summit of Hope is great for helping individuals hook up with services offered in the community, Everything, The candy, Workforce Network, Workforce Network, Net work force, Having someone to help me through it, Communication explaining programs/amount of service /help, Workforce, DMV, The substance abuse info, People helping people, Informative individuals who were helpful, Being able to add the tools for my job search, Debt counseling, That it didn’t take too long, Everything!!, Resources available, The variety of assistance available was very beneficial, HIV test, The work booths really needed more information then I’d been getting, Jobs, Job interview setup /free stuff, All were helpful, Job help, Job opportunities/free stuff, All the info, Everything that was offered, Lots of opportunities, A lot of vendors was there with great information, Opportunity to get help with GED and jobs, The food and the GED, All of it, The mass of info available, How they would explain what they had to offer and not rush me through to get the next person, Volunteer great worker, Feels like in getting a new start at life, Work op and GED classes, Volunteer, Secretary of State resources, Peoria Housing Authority & Employment Agencies, HIV testing, Metcc Resources /liked most vendors, Everything, That the people were here to show support/Workforce Network, Having someone to show me what’s available and answering my questions, Candy, The volunteer was very nice and Helpful, All the attention, All the help THANKS !, Happy that these service were provided for us, VA, Tri County, The food, The help that people gave me!, It’s a great way to offer hope to one who wants there opportunities to be more greater for success, Lots of info & resources available, Everything, Child support, Testing/screening, Everything, The organization of everything I got the help I needed in a very short amount of time My buddy was very helpful and so was everyone else, My buddy, That I know where to find help now, The job information, Getting good information, Talking with people and getting help, Able to be here today, Volunteer, resources available, The candy, All of it, The people, All the info didn’t know what all was out there/All in one spot!!, Workforce Network, Liked getting all this information very helpful, Found out I can get my license back, Opportunities, That I can still have success J , The people were very patient and kind and helpful , Everyone were very polite and concerned, They are helping out, Everything, We are getting the help needed, Employment Opp, PHCC, That there were a lot of stations to help people with substance abuse, Talking with the volunteers, Nice people helpful, The help, Free ID, Communication, I liked the voting area and housing area, DMV info, My volunteer was very helpful his name is “”, Getting help getting own home instead of living in someone else’s, How helpful the resources are here, The opportunities, The lady that tested for HIV very friendly and caring “”, All the resources in one place, Urban league table, Workforce, The unity and support Thanks, People coming out offering their help, The Housing Authority, The information dispelled rumors and false information about opportunities for felons, Volunteer was cool and straight up, Meeting my volunteer and the services that were offered, The time taken to take me around, The helpfulness of everyone here, The walk with my P.O. and the help she gives me, Everything, How nice and open they were, Modifying my child support expunge my record, Credit, Illinois Secretary of State, All of it was a good experience, Candy, The food, Friendly staff, Walking around and getting so much information so I can do things I want and need to do, METEC, Nice, The HIV test was fast, Sec of State license help, Volunteer very personable and knowledgeable, The Tri-County Urban League, All of it, Cookies and all booths were helpful, ID’s and Jobs, All the information I received, Received my State ID, Job, Gave helpful information, The different opportunities the state can help you with, The help with jobs and education, The food and that there is a lot of help, Information, GED education, GED, People very friendly, Stuff about housing and anger management assessments, Mu Buddy, I thought this was a job fair thought employer was here. The Salvation Army, The way everybody was trying to help!, All the help that is available, My volunteer made this experience much more comfortable & enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, Information very helpful, Everyone was really nice, I liked best the chance to see many jobs and opportunities I needed, Job Opportunities, The presentations tables did, Everything/Everybody was nice, Learning the available resources, The support they give and help, Everything, Many resources in one place, How there was so many helpful things available, South side Mission/job opportunity, The wide variety, The employment help, ICC, Community resources, Housing Authority, Prairie State legal services & Salvation Army bell ringer, All the available addiction help for those who are addicts, The job agencies to further my career, Organization/atmosphere/volunteers very helpful, Seeing everyone, The construction program offered through South Side Mission, Found money thru Treasurer office/student loan deferment, Secretary of State, Volunteer, I got a lot of good leads for work, Help finding jobs, Help from partner/info on ID, I liked all the benefits that was here to help people, Opportunity, Urban League, Volunteer, The tour I found out a lot of things, Everything, Volunteers were quite helpful, Everything, Volunteer, Medical Information part of it, V.A. info, The Housing Authority, Presenters were very open and friendly, All the job concerns, Support groups, The help they were offering, I liked all of it, The opportunity to get help with looking for a job, My buddy, Voter table, All of opportunities, Child information, There are programs that I can get help from, Availability of help, The attitude, All of it, Volunteer’s kindness, Getting the ID card (needed it J), All the different organizations, The booth for the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles!, License agency, Bible study Stuff, Jobs, The whole experience, The stations that was helpful, Everything, The help, Everything was uniform with the buddy assisting us, Leaving, Had a good buddy learned some stuff on jobs, Job info, Opportunity to get volunteer work, I don’t know, Free food, Child Support help, Donuts, How helpful and clear everyone was, The help and the referrals the volunteer showed me, Lots of information, All the information I was given, The additional info, Quick and informative, All the important things I can do, Everything, Being a participant, Everyone is especially nice, They help people that need help, They had everything I was looking for, No preference, Food, Just the food that is here, Jobs, It all, Money back/Candy, Aids testing-DMV, The help, The help with affordable housing, Variety of vendors, How they help you try to find jobs, Job info, All, Just everyone coming together to have an event for parolees, That all these people came out for us to help us out!, The variety of the information my attendant/volunteer was courteous and helpful !, All of the help, Treasurer, Tri-County Urban League, The ICC table, Tri County School assistance, All the people who got together to help, Volunteer, Positive thing, The support of help, Rosel rehabilitation tent, Everything, The overall experience, Organization positive outlook, To be videoed, That it would help me with employment, DMV on site for free ID’s & all the information available, Free State ID!!, Everything, My wonderful volunteer, All, Job opportunities, I enjoyed all info given, Substance abuse information, It was very insightful, HIV test, South side Mission/Tri County urban League, Positive reassurance and the financial and counseling available, Volunteer, Very nice people thank you, Getting informed, The volunteer, CookieJthe help at event, Urban League, The job help, The donuts, How they explained everything very clear, Everything, The help I received, Job cares, My buddy, Assistance Thank you, My helper, Learning about all the local assistance, The help!, Everything interesting helpful, Everything, Church the two men at the table ask if I needed someone to pray just call, The fact people take time to help convicted felons, Everything, Job opportunity, Help with jobs, Volunteer she’s cool, Urban League, Information, They help find jobs, Seeing all the services that are out there people fail to realize the help they need is actually here, It was all Great, Polite and courteous, Agencies I might use, All the help that was offered and a friendly volunteer, All, Just the whole environment people helping other people, Everything about it, I liked it all, I learned how to get my license, The job help, Everyone helping everyone, How helpful the people were, The information, Talking to people, Help with my prescriptions, The ID and Driver’s license services, Liked everything about it, Variety of services, The way people helped out with my questions, Getting Identification, Talk, Meeting new people & information, Voter registration, The friendliness of the volunteers who made me very comfortable, Been helpful, The helpfulness & attention for my concerns, Very helpful, The volunteer was helpful, Getting my ID, All the job booths, Might be getting money, The information about jobs and housing, The Urban League was real firm with helping me, I got pointed in the right direction for a job, Got to learn about new things, Information on rental assistance, The information provided, Urban League, Getting assistance to get into school, The system in which it was conducted, The help I was given, Volunteer lady was very helpful to me, The people were very helpful, Everything, Workforce placement, People were nice, Adequate, well organized if I needed any help it was very available, Church program, The help of your volunteers, The educational information, The friendliness, Everything need jobs!, Workforce Network, My volunteer, The HIV test, The office of concern & State ID, The help I got was worth it, Everything, The employment agencies, The variety of services and information available, My assistant was so very helpful very patient, Job referrals, The religious booths, The kindness provided, AIDS awareness, It was ok, That I was able to come to this event and know that help is available to me even as an ex-offender, Provided a lot of things to help people good variety, Everything, How important the volunteer help us, Friendly people, Church, South side Mission, Buddy walking us around, That they had a lot of agencies but they needed more jobs here, All of it, Being provided with numerous of opportunities, The help understanding/everything, Short good info, Everything, Friendly, HIV testing, The assistance was very helpful and understanding help me out with good intention, If I can be honest that’s it’s over but thanks for the advice and opportunities, Church based groups, How it’s setup, Everything, The help to get my life back together, Getting hooked up with counseling & job, All of it, How everything was explained in detail, All, The information, Everything, I liked all of it/it helped me get a lot of my questions answered, The fact that all these agencies have taken time and effort to help the community is wonderful and I am thankful and very appreciative, A.A. and N.A., Peoria Housing, Substance abuse counseling, Everything, Credit checks and counseling, All the resources that I went to were very helpful, The Urban League, Variety of vendors, The friendly people, I liked that I got my State ID, Knowledge, The volunteers and all the extra job sources mainly the health, Lots of information, They all had very helpful ideas and information, Volunteer, Freebies, The housing station, Well organized, My volunteer/credit counseling, My helper was very nice and helped me though the whole process, Meeting my Christian friend with their prison ministries, The ID place, Trying to get a job, The volunteer, All, All, Everything, The jobs and that you can register to vote when you are a felon, People talking about insights and info needed!!, Workforce people, Secretary of State, Knowing there is help for me, Candy, Everything, The part that help you get a job, All the suggestion they had for me, Coming here and doing the right thing, Help of the volunteer, Good information helped with furthering education good housing info, HIV test, My volunteer was cool he helped me with new ideas about working, I found that I had the right to vote and got registered to vote, Not as many people, Free ID, The Jobs, Job help programs, All opportunities they had, Tour, All the helpful information, The program as a whole, Coming to see what can help me, All the info clothing , People were kind and helpful, Free money, Meeting people, Presenters were knowledgeable, METEC, Workforce program, Knowing I have peers to rely on, I liked how informative everyone was, The help, Workforce, I liked that some of the volunteer know me and they though that I was not doing the right things as far as going down the right path, Top to bottom information about what agencies offers, The support from everyone involved, The workforce Network, Urban League/free ID, Unsure, The abuse classes, I found a class to take, Everything, The addition services, All the support !, I liked the volunteer was helpful and nice, Info/people trying to help, All the help that is offered, How helpful everyone was, Candy, Everything was helpful, Some of the classes that were offered, That the people were all nice and friendly and helpful, The information that was provided, Having people willing to help me find a job, Information, Information, Everything easily accessible all in one place, That it takes a lot of time for someone to come out and help the people that is trying to make it in society.
Any other comments or suggestions?
A job fair with companies willing to hire felons, Staff was very helpful, Thanks for everything, Thank you for the information, Looking forward to employment, Thank you, For my first time coming here I am pleased, Volunteer was very helpful!!, Keep up the good work !!, Great Program, Keep doing the Summit, All my needs and concerns were met today, I liked my volunteer, Should have Supervisors and employers are looking for new hires, It was very enlightening and uplifting experience to be here. There could have been more employee agencies, It was a great experience, I think we should have it every year, Volunteer was very helpful, Need more medical information EG/ BP/ weight/ Dental/Vision, Better organized than last year/more vendors, I want to be a volunteer next time!!, Register to vote, Thank You, Better food more job availability, When will you have this event again, Keep doing it, Do it again!!!, More college information (grants), Thank you, Do this more often, Great time, God Bless, Stay with it, I would like some bus passes, I would come again, Thanks, Keep this program going, Tazwell County information booths for residents, One booth people did not look friendly voter registration vendor put me down for not registering, It was a great experience, I liked it and I will attend another one, Need more jobs in Tazwell, It went great, Keep up the good work, It was nice, More food, Volunteer was very helpful, Volunteer was very helpful and I appreciate that dearly Thanks, Thanks J, It was nice opportunity given, Need transportation for job interviews, Thank you, People should be able to get their ID without their social security card if they do have a birth certificate and piece of mail with them, Keep up the good work J, Summits should be offered more often to make public aware of services offered, Have this more often, I had really enjoyed all the help, You should have this more often, Keep up the good work, All good, My volunteer helped me out a lot!! Thank you !, Muslin vendor/hands on activity, Thank you, Wider space between tables, Struggle with waiting time to check in, Great, It would be nice to know what vendors will be presenting (which ones), Very helpful !!!, YEA !!, Great opportunity, Good job J , Thank you !! J, I thought this was a job fair that would like give interviews on the spot but it was only 3 companies but I do thank you for the help I received today, Good opportunity to meet others and get encouragement puts you back where you need to be give people a new beginning, Everything was great, Need more jobs, EVERYTHIGN WAS GREAT !!!, Have other counties housing authorities, Very beneficial avenues of help Thanx, IDES was disappointed they didn’t show, Next time a job fair, It was a good turnout, Thank you for everything, Volunteer was an all around guy, Very helpful &thoughtful thanks J, More job info, Great program, Need bus passes long wait for Secretary of State, Thank everyone for there help and God Bless them, Thanks, Smile!!, Would be helpful to know time to allow, DHS would have been nice and SSI, Il Depart of Employment Security was not here, Keep it at the Civic Center, This seems like a very helpful program, Very good program, Disappointed that I couldn’t get BP checked, Hope to never have to return, I feel it would be better if job employers was here, More jobs, Volunteer was helpful and she was nice, This is not for every x-felon, Don’t make this required more booths about getting jobs, Continue this Summit it has a lot of good info and people to help ! Thanks so much.
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