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."