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People in Need Forum returns Jan. 27 at McHenry County College

Event aims to connect those in need with resources, support

Katy Crain of Woodstock sets up a booth with the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition in January at the People in Need Forum at Mchenry County College. The 17th annual event is set for Jan. 27.
Katy Crain of Woodstock sets up a booth with the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition in January at the People in Need Forum at Mchenry County College. The 17th annual event is set for Jan. 27.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The 17th annual People in Need Forum is set for Jan. 27 at McHenry County College and again will host more than 80 exhibitors.

McHenry County-area community members are invited to register for the event, which will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to learn about the abundance of resources and support available to them.

The forum features experts in providing important community resources available in the area to help those in need through networking, panel discussions and workshops.

Topics to be addressed through 16 workshops include veterans’ services, suicide prevention, human trafficking, LGBTQ issues and challenges, student loans, Medicare and opioids in McHenry County.

Bev Thomas, coordinator of events and outreach for the Friends of MCC Foundation, said the People in Need Forum started as a way to match resources with needs in the community and has grown from 25 to more than 700 attendees each year.

“A small and dedicated group of church volunteers, along with staff at McHenry County College, saw the need for not only connecting our friends and neighbors with critical resources to help them live their best lives, but connecting professionals with each other and helping them to become better informed,” Thomas said in a news release.

Substance Abuse Coalition McHenry County coordinator Laura Crain echoed that sentiment.

“The People in Need Forum is by far the best place to learn about the resources that are available in our own community,” she said. “If you are helping anybody professionally or personally, then you’ll be able to see the largest gathering of caring agencies and organizations serving McHenry County.”

Attendees will receive a handout and flash drive with a newly expanded community resource directory, which is the only one of its kind in the Chicago area.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in the Luecht Conference Center in Building B at the college.

To register or for information, visit www.mchenry.edu/peopleinneed or contact Thomas at 815-479-7529 or bthomas@mchenry.edu.

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