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Screenings of 'The Invisible Class' in honor of World Homeless Day to take place Thursday in Woodstock, Crystal Lake

Opera House, Crystal Lake Willow Creek to screen 'The Invisible Class' Thursday

Old Firehouse Assistance Center guest David McGhie enjoys a cup of milk during lunch Nov. 29, 2017. The center provides services, assistance and resources for people who are homeless.
Old Firehouse Assistance Center guest David McGhie enjoys a cup of milk during lunch Nov. 29, 2017. The center provides services, assistance and resources for people who are homeless.

The McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness is hosting a documentary screening to coincide with World Homeless Day on Thursday.

World Homeless Day aims to raise awareness of the needs of people who are without homes and provide a way for the community to get involved with responding to homelessness, according to the Continuum of Care. The free screening of “The Invisible Class” will take place at two locations Thursday and is open to the public.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at both Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St. on the Woodstock Square, and Willow Creek’s Crystal Lake campus, 100 S. Main St.

The movie will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

A reception before the documentary and panel discussion and question-and-answer session after the film will take place at the Opera House event.

The panel will include local homeless service providers. The filmmaker will be available for questions via video conference, according to the Continuum of Care.

“The Invisible Class” was made in the “Day in a Life” style format, and shows the lives of people without homes throughout the U.S. The documentary was shot over the course of eight years.

“ ‘The Invisible Class’ confronts the often inaccurate stereotypes of homelessness in America,” the filmmakers wrote in the event’s program. “When one takes a clear and honest look at homelessness in America, the reality is radically different from common public assumptions.”

The program also will show the multifaceted experience of people experiencing homelessness and the outreach volunteers and advocacy agencies lobbying on their behalf.

The documentary is largely set in the present day but will provide historical context that will illustrate the past eight decades of housing history, from the Great Depression to present day.

The Continuum of Care is hosting the event in collaboration with the McHenry County Mental Health Board and the McHenry County Department of Planning and Zoning, with support from United Way.

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