Harvest Fest celebrates Mental Illness Awareness Week

Harvest Fest celebrates Mental Illness Awareness Week


In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12, Shelter Care Ministries once again will sponsor a fun-filled Harvest Fest celebration at the Jubilee Center, Rockford’s only drop-in center for adults who live with mental illness. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Jubilee Center, located at North Court Street and Park Avenue, just west of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Emceed by Aaron Wilson of WIFR-TV, co-sponsor of the event, the annual fundraiser will include with your ticket, barbecue pork sandwiches with all the trimmings, vegetarian chili, hot dogs, dessert and soft drinks.

The Harvest Fest silent auction will feature a wide array of unique items, including many local dining and entertainment offerings. The auction will also feature a specially-designed piece of jewelry for Harvest Fest by Clodius & Co. Jewelers in Stewart Square, a Drake Hotel package in Chicago with dinner at the Cape Cod Room, a Fire Fighters’ kids’ party, a fully-stocked tool box, gift baskets, handmade crafts, food items and local artwork.

Raffle tickets will be available for prizes including two round-trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines, $100 cash plus two tickets to see the Chicago Bears vs. New England and four Chicago Cubs tickets plus dinner for four at the Goose Island Brew Pub in Chicago.

Tickets for the Harvest Fest will be available through Shelter Care at 964-5520 or at the door for $15 per individual or $35 for a family. Shelter Care Ministries is a faith-based ministry providing short-term help and long-term success to people in need in addition to the Jubilee Center, which offers mentally ill homeless individuals linkage to treatment and a safe place to be five days a week. Shelter Care also assists homeless families in need of emergency or transitional housing and assistance.

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