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Egyptian Theatre to hold screening of ‘@home’

By Northern Star staff | March 31, 2015

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will hold a screening of “@home” at 7 p.m. April 7.The one-hour documentary film “@home” follows social activist Mark Horvath across the United States while he observes and interviews people suffering from...

Poverty not far from home

By Blake Glosson | March 25, 2014

Up until this year, when I thought about homelessness and food insecurity, I always thought of Chicago.After doing some research, I realized there is a significant homeless problem in DeKalb County, which our community needs to address.The extreme poverty...

Volunteer, work over winter break

By Jackie Nevarez | December 3, 2013

With less than two weeks left in the semester, students are looking forward to a month free of classes.Although it’s important to lie around and relax over the next month, there are also many fulfilling ways to spend time this winter break. Volunteering...

County poverty, hunger addressed

By James Green | November 19, 2013

Solutions and growing awareness for local homelessness and hunger were discussed Tuesday at the Campus Life Building.Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens director, and Lesly Wicks, Hope Haven homeless shelter director, gave a presentation as a...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Deadline for Promise Fund apps set for Nov.1

By Thomas Verschelde | October 26, 2011

The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) is accepting applications for a Promise Fund grant that would provide up to $1,500 to educational institutions and community organizations that provide services to the underserved.Elaine Suarez, DCCF Community...