The Edwardsville Township and the Glen-Ed Ministerial Alliance invite local agencies to attend the third Lunch and Learn Workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.
The event at Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 2477 Illinois 157 in Edwardsville, is a follow-up from the Social Services Safety Net Forum in June 2015 and will focus on providing information on transportation services and resources.
In June 2015, the township, in partnership with the Glen-Ed Ministerial Alliance, held a forum to bring together social service agencies, organizations, and churches that provide services to residents of the Edwardsville School District. The township offers two programs to residents, general assistance and emergency assistance, to assist residents with limited income with shelter, utilities, food and personal items.
The first Lunch and Learn Workshop was Aug. 27, 2015. Representatives from more than 25 organizations attended to discuss how to assist homeless clients. Presenters included Janice Donaldson, executive director of the Good Samaritan House of Granite City; Dave Harrison, planner with Madison County Community Development; and Margarette Trushel, executive director of the Oasis Women’s Center, who all have assisted homeless individuals and families for decades.
The second workshop, covering domestic violence, was Oct. 27, 2015. Presenters Marcy Jacobs, client services coordinator for the Oasis Women’s Center; Amy Morgan, attorney at the Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, and Lt. Michael Fillback of the city of Edwardsville; presented information on services available for victims, the process for obtaining orders of protection and other legal tools, and the need for responsive and accurate reporting by victims and witnesses.
“The success from the Social Service Safety Net workshops is outstanding,” Township Supervisor Frank Miles said. “We have touched on assisting the homeless, senior services and domestic violence, which are all key issues that face the members of our community. Now we want to try and inform local agencies of the transportation resources in Madison County.”
Speakers will include representatives from Madison County Transit, Faith in Action and the Main Street Community Center. The speakers will inform agencies of how to connect clients with transportation services and resources.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Glen-Ed Ministerial Alliance for the third Lunch & Learn Workshop,” Miles said. “We are continuing to address the needs of the community by gaining valuable information from several local organizations. I am proud to be a part of the collaborative effort that has risen from the Social Services Safety Net Forum.”
For information or to register to attend the workshop, contact Edwardsville Township at (618) 656-0292.