Summit of Hope helps parolees

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 09/24 2013 06:32PM

Updated 09/25 2013 12:45PM

 CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois Department of Corrections is helping parolees get back on their feet. It's called "Summit of Hope." The program is focused on a fresh start. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine shows us how.

"When you hear the word, 'felon,' a lot of people, they want to shut the door, lock the door and windows and all that."

Instead, the Department of Corrections and Parkland College opened their doors. King Newman is attending the Summit of Hope getting information on job placement, healthcare and housing.

"So far, the information is helpful."

Newman walks from table to table, shaking hands and taking cards.

"It makes you feel good to see it in action. You see, a lot of people here, that didn't know about these services. When a guy has problems, I mean, you don't kick him. Try to give him a hand up, man, a hand up."

He's been out of work for 19-months, but is taking online classes.

"It feels good to learn. A few years ago, I couldn't even turn a computer on. Now, I'm tapping away."

In the meantime, Newman will continue to look for work.

"Anything that I can get to help ease the suffrage on my life."

You're never too old to learn, and it's never too late to turn your life around. 100 of 400 parolees in Champaign County attended the event.

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