Camp Compassion is a special opportunity for the children, youth, families, and community of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry to learn about the realities of homelessness through experience. The over-night experience will begin at 6 pm, Saturday, October 27.
Like many of the homeless, participants will sleep in no-frills tents or in cars regardless of the weather. They will share a campfire for warmth and cooking. They are requested to bring their own food for dinner and breakfast that can be eaten and prepared under those conditions. Children and youth will each be accompanied by an adult supervisor—parent, guardian, or designated care provider—who will share the experience.
|The Tree of Life building on Bull Valley Road in McHenry. Campers will sleep on the grounds behind the church.|
The church building will be opened at designated times for bathroom access and will be opened by a key-carrier as needed in-between those times. During the evening a movie will be shown in the church before the participants return to the campsite on the grounds.
Camp Compassion is co-sponsored by Tree of Life’s Social Justice Team and Religious Education Committee. It is also a fund raiser for Compassion4Campers, the congregation’s signature social service project that provides a weekly meal and much needed supplies to the homeless from May through September when the rotating PADS church shelters are closed. Participants are signing up sponsors for their participation.
To inquire about participating or sponsoring a participant calls Heather Madaus at 815 509-7862, Sue Rekenthaler at 815 678-7072, or Janet Burns at 847 542-7678.