Program brings hope to ex-offenders in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Four hundred volunteers from across Central Illinois gathered Wednesday to bring hope to ex-offenders.


The Peoria Civic Center was the site for Wednesday's 2nd annual Summit of Hope. The event brings ex-offenders, currently under supervision, together with volunteers in hopes of getting them on the right path as they re-enter society.

Participants can get everything from an ID card and a job, to counseling and parenting advice.

Volunteers say the event is all about making Central Illinois a safer place for all.

About 1,300 ex-offenders from Peoria and Tazewell counties were expected to attend Wednesday's event.



"I've seen some people here today that are seeking help that I never thought would be able to got to the point of this program, even get to where they're at today," said Peoria resident Homer Truitt.  "But this program is a good program for the Peoria Community."

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