DuPage United

An Organization of Organizations

DuPage United leaders went to Rockford IL with key elected officials, hospital representatives, deputy sheriff, and others to see how a successful crisis intervention center is run. A crisis center is a more effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms for those with a mental illness crisis.

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From left to right:
Rev. Chris Pierson, Director of connectional ministries for the northern Illinois United Methodist conference, Shawna Rohrman Assitant professor of sociology for north central college, Rev. Michael Solberg of the Union Church of Hinsdale, Dr. David Rinaldi former pediatrician, Robert Lundin- A mental health specialist at Dupage county health department from St. Marks Episcopal, Lois Walter retired social worker and drug counselor from Faith Lutheran Church

CLICK HERE for DuPage United flyer for November 14 Fall Assembly - Treatment / Incarceration

DuPage United, Mental Health Assembly
On November 14, at 3PM, leaders from DuPage United member institutions will be coming together to push for focus and urgency on expanding around deep gaps related to mental health in our region. State's Attorney Robert Berlin will be attendance. The Focus of the assembly will be:
  • Crisis Intervention Training officers in DuPage County
  • Opening Crisis Stabilization Centers for our loved ones in psychiatric crisis
  • Expanding access to affordable and supportive housing

November 14, 2015— 3PM (sharp!)
Union Church of Hinsdale,
137 S Garfield St, Hinsdale, IL

To confirm your congregation’s delegation, please contact Rachel.
Rachel 703.955.6401 | rachel@dupageunited.org
Action in Springfield
Regional leaders from DuPage United, Lake County United, Fox River Valley Initiative and United Power for Action and Justice in Cook County will met again with Rodger Heaton, the Director of Public Safety under Governor Rauner and Judge Steve Leifman on Wednesday, October 7
th in Springfield along with representatives from our county governments. Mr. Heaton is tasked with reducing the state jail/prison population by 25% and is interested in relating to us, because of our compelling work on this issue. These conversations will potentially inform state policy on mental health and incarceration by year-end with Heaton’s recommendations to Governor Rauner.
Willowbrook Community Walk
Another group of talented leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered for our second community walk at the large low-income apartment complex in Willowbrook, Hinsdale Lake Terrace.
 We have effectively knocked on every door at the complex-- over 550-- and have had over 200 conversations. We have started building relationships and identifying talented leaders and have 3 areas of concern and interest to residents. 
Major Action Against Gun Manufacturers-- October 26th, 8-10AM McCormick Place
Do Not Stand Idly By, our national market-based organizing strategy to reduce unnecessary gun violence and deaths by pressuring gun manufacturers to adapt safe gun technologies, will be in action at the International Association of Police Chiefs annual convention. Four of the top 10 manufacturers of guns recovered at crime scenes in Chicago—Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Glock, and Beretta will be exhibiting their guns for the police chiefs.
United Power for Action and Justice—along with key allies from other cities who are part of the “Do Not Stand Idly By” campaign—will announce a new initiative with religious, civic, and police leaders to engage the CEOs of these companies in efforts to help reduce gun violence in Chicago and throughout the country.

If you are interested in attending, please contact DuPage United Organizer Rachel Brooks or United Power organizer Amy Totsch.
Rachel 703.955.6401 | rachel@dupageunited.org 
Amy 773.803.8830 | amy.totsch@gmail.com.
Mental Health in the Fox River Valley, October 20, 7-8:30PM
Fox River Valley Initiative Team's Fall assembly focusing on:
1. A pilot program for re-entry into the community post incarceration
2. Expanding access to affordable housing
3. Expansion of Crisis Intervention Training, the creation of a post incarceration re-entry program for persons with mental illness, and other diversion programs.

Congregational Church of Batavia
21 S Batavia Ave,
Batavia, IL

If you are interested in attending, please contact FRVI Leader, Laurel Bolt, to confirm your congregation's delegation.
Laurel Bolt 224.587.3611 | frvbbo@yahoo.com

The next meeting on STEM: Thursday, November 12, at 7pm at St. Thomas, Naperville.\
For more info or to RSVP contact: Kathy Wessel kathywessel@gmail.com or Mary Anne Buckman maryannebuckman@gmail.com

Amy Lawless Ayala
Lead Organizer
DuPage United,
Lake County United