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Sorority works to give holiday cheer

By Rachel Scaman | November 18, 2013

Alpha Sigma Omega Latina sorority has been able to sponsor 39 people within the first three weeks of its annual philanthropy, Angel Tree.During Angel Tree, sorority members partner with Hope Haven around the holiday season to find sponsors to help fulfill...

Local non-profit brings cheer to domestic violence victims

By Ryan Chodora | January 30, 2013

In DeKalb, Santa comes more than once a year. “They call us the Santa people,” said Jacqueline Beck, senior nursing major. Beck is a volunteer at Birthday Boxes, a non-profit organization started by the NIU Honors Program. Beck helps with the overall...

Between the lines: Dan Kenney

Between the lines: Dan Kenney

By Maria Ahmad | November 19, 2012

Dan Kenney may be a fourth grade teacher by profession but he is also an activist for community sustainability and change in DeKalb. Kenney grew up in Galva, Ill., a small town with mostly locally owned businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods. Growing...

Non-profit spotlight: Hope Haven

By Robert Baird | November 19, 2012

Children account for a quarter of the entire homeless population nationwide. According to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, a 2007 study stated families with children make up 41 percent of the American homeless population. Since its founding in 1990,...

Black Male Initiative hosts Aerotek, discusses involvement

By Kyle Boyd | October 8, 2012

Homecoming safety procedures, career opportunities and community involvement were some of the things discussed at the Black Male Initiative (BMI) meeting Monday. The BMI promotes the academic success of its members and the creation of young male leaders...

Blotter 9/11

By Northern Star Staff | September 12, 2012

The following was taken directly from area police and fire department records, or from DeKalb County court records. Anyone mentioned is presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

Sept. 11, 2012

At 4:11 p.m., officers responded to 1325 W. Lincoln Highway to serve an FTA warrant out of Stephenson County. Upon arrival, it was learned that the subject, Jacob. Fruit, 30, was inside the residence. Officers spoke to him and took him into custody. Fruit was arrested on a valid warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was transported to the police department and booked. He was unable to post bond and was then transported to DCSO.

At 8:48 p.m., officers responded to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmore Drive, in reference to a warrant attempt. Jacob Roodhouse, 21, was taken into custody for parole violation and possession of cannabis.

Hope Haven holds annual ‘Night by Night’ campaign

By Juliana Leprich | April 30, 2012

Today marks the start of “Night by Night,” an annual campaign to raise money for local homeless people in DeKalb. Lesly Wicks , Hope Haven executive director, said this is the ninth year Hope Haven is holding the “Night by Night” campaign. “Hope...

Hope Haven helps organize art show

By Mary Diamond | April 8, 2012

An upcoming opening at The Art Box Sunday will feature photography and poetry from young artists with a unique perspective on life. Six residents of Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, DeKalb’s transitional housing shelter for homeless families, have...

Empty Bowls event aims to raise hunger awareness

By Lauren Dielman | March 21, 2012

Everyone is encouraged eat soup for a good cause. The School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences and the NIU Ceramics Club organized the event Empty Bowls to bring awareness to hunger. The event will be hosted by Bread for the World (BFTW) and...

DeKalb County Community Foundation works to help non-profit organizations

By Felix Sarver | November 30, 2011

The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) is a powerful ally of non-profit organizations in the DeKalb County area. The goal of DCCF is to distribute funds through the county to enhance and promote the quality of life in different communities, said...

Hope Haven takes measures to prevent resident-to-resident violence

By Kelly Bauer | November 30, 2011

Violence is seldom seen at Hope Haven, according to the shelter's executive director, Lesly Wicks. Those who wish to come to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, must first go through an "intake process" where their history - criminal and otherwise - is...

Local shelter opens expansion with ceremony

By Kelly Bauer | November 18, 2011

A little over $1 million went into Hope Haven's newly-opened expansion.The ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion occurred Wednesday. Executive director Lesly Wicks said Hope Haven, a homeless shelter, did not use federal or state grants to build the...