DuPage County Non-Profit to Celebrate 30 Years of Service

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This year, JUST of DuPage will celebrate 30 years of service inside the DuPage County Jail. The event will take place on April 22 at the Glen Ellyn Presbyterian Church from 8:30 - 11 a.m.

In 1986 a Catholic Nun named Sister Juanita Ujcik asked her superiors to let her serve in the DuPage County Jail to do counseling and Bible Study. By 1987, JUST of DuPage became a registered 501(c)(3) and expanded its program to offer evening education and chaplaincy support for those incarcerated.

JUST of DuPage will celebrate 30 years of service inside the DuPage County Jail on April 22nd. It will be held at the Glen Ellyn Presbyterian Church from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Our distinguished guest speaker for JUST of DuPage's 30th anniversary celebration is Circuit Judge Robert Anderson. Judge Anderson is a long-time supporter of JUST. He has served as a Circuit Judge in DuPage County since 1996. He is the immediate past president of the Illinois Judges Association. He has been honored for his work in the area of domestic violence and crime prevention, for promoting education, and for his work on behalf of children.

Please take a moment to register today or sponsor this event: more information at http://www.justofdupage.org

Over the past 30 years, volunteers and staff have poured hundreds of thousands of hours into the lives of inmates. JUST of DuPage's programs offer hope when many feel hopeless. Here are some examples of success from individuals formally incarcerated in the DuPage County Jail:

"I'm in a better place mentally today because of the help I received from you and JUST."

"Thanks for helping me save my life. You are doing something amazing. I will be forever grateful."

"I was full of anger, resentment, and self-pity when I came to jail. Thankfully I signed up for JUST orientation when I came in and was able to get into AA, Celebrate Recovery, Bible Study, Church Services, and Decision Making, and have been faithfully attending these last eleven months. I have been given the tools with God and these classes to put the pieces back together and live a purpose driven life again."

About JUST of DuPage:

JUST (Justice, Understanding, Service, Teaching) is a nonprofit organization working to meet the needs of inmates in the DuPage County Jail and their families. We offer a holistic approach that includes alcohol and drug abuse counseling, classes that emphasize the spiritual dimension of life, as well as life-skills classes such as parenting, anger management, and decision making. Every week at least twelve different groups meet to conduct worship services. More than 75 requests come in daily from inmates, asking for Bibles, chaplain visits, or class registration. For more information about our programs and options to give on-line, visit http://www.justofdupage.org

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