Faith United Methodist Church's Centennial Hall, site of the winter men's shelter on Sunday thru Thursday nights.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 05, 2017

Winter Men’s Shelter For Homeless Starts Operations

An overnight winter shelter for homeless men begins operations Friday in Champaign, and will function through the end of March. The collaboration between the faith-based community and a number of local agencies was due in part to the state budget impasse, and the result of months of planning. First Presbyterian Church downtown will host the shelter during the week, while Faith United Methodist will serve in that role Friday and Saturday nights.


Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.
Pam Dempsey / Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.


"The Awakened Family"/Shefali Tsabary
December 29, 2016

Mindful Parenting; Animals On A Diet

On this encore edition of The 21st:  Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Awakened Family," joined us to talk about how the challenges of parenting can become an opportunity for spiritual awakening. Plus, the not-so-surprising diet secrets of wildlife animals.


Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 29, 2016

Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Rosecrance executive director Sheila Ferguson remains hopeful that the agency can partner with other local agencies to weather any further state cuts in 2017.


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