Distribution of Camping Equipment to Homeless Tuesday at Crystal Lake’s Methodist Church

From Compassion for Campers:

Compassion for Campers Has New Gear for the Unhoused in Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake—With the support of The Faith Leaders of McHenry County, the host church, and Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church volunteers Compassion for Campers, the program that provides supplies and gear for the McHenry County homeless who have no steady shelter, will hold a cold weather indoor distribution at First Church, 236 West Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, January 19, 2020 from 3:30 to 5 pm. 

First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake.

“The distribution can be considered an extension of the National Day of Service associated with the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday,”  according to Compassion for Campers coordinator Patrick Murfin.  

“The unhoused who must spend all or much of their time camping out or sleeping in vehicles can rely on our program for good tents, sleeping bags, pads, tarps, stoves and fuel, gloves, hats, scarfs, warm winter wear, personal hygiene products, and non-perishable food.”

“Clients will be Covid-19 screened 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  supplies will be brought 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 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. 

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 Tuesday afternoons.  

Distributions are scheduled two weeks apart and will rotate between sites in Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and McHenry.  

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.


Distribution of Camping Equipment to Homeless Tuesday at Crystal Lake’s Methodist Church — 5 Comments

  1. Why not let them live in the church,
    isn’t that what Jesus would do ?

  2. Zoning would not allow it.

    When 7 or 8 of the churches in the county opened their doors to the homeless, they had to work with their individual city governments to get approval.

    In Woodstock, the chief of police and city government were very supportive.

    That program of what were called emergency shelters worked on purely local money from private donations and purely volunteer labor.

  3. There are unused boarded up big stores whose business has failed.

    Can think of one on US 14 in Crystal Lake.

    Why not use these to house the homeless.

    Of course resources, money needed, to manage a facility, provide heat, plumbing, etc.

    Liability would be an issue.

    How could owners (banks?) of these buildings arrange for housing?

    What would be their incentive?

    Are they charitable?

    Do they care about humanity, the downtrodden?

    Special zoning would be needed.

    Democrats especially should jump on this.

    Their guy, to be sworn in this Wed has spoken recently about helping out those who are starving, poor and homeless.

    Another consideration would be regular police patrols.

    Nearby businesses would have to approve.

    Would their customers have concerns?

    Lots of issues that would have to be addressed.

  4. What the creepers won’t shelter them oh come on now…

    well there is always O’Hare airport they can go hang in.

    they won’t be detected for a good 3 months!

    should make it thru the winter at least.

    They get Free Cheese there too

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