7:00 pm19:00

Fox River Valley Initiative / DuPage United Combined Assembly

  • Benedictine University - Goodwin Hall Auditorium

We will be hosting public elected officials including Roger Heaton, Illinois Public Safety Officer, who will be key to addressing our three-pronged criminal justice reform strategy of expanded CIT training, Crisis Diversion Centers, and affordable housing across DuPage and Kane Counties. 

Directions to Goodwin Hall Auditorium - Please use the main entrance of the University (#1 on the campus map linked here) turn left and follow the ASSEMBLY   signs to the parking garage (#7). When you exit the parking garage, proceed to Goodwin Hall (#8). There will be greeters there to assist you. 

CLICK HERE to Pre-Register for this Action!

For additional information, please e-mail us at

7:30 pm19:30

MSA Ramadan Community Dinner

  • Wentz Hall - North Central College

Breaking Ice, Breaking Fast, Breaking Bread

Join our fun night, learn about the month of Ramadan, & enjoy a delicious meal.

Activities Available: 

  • Get a henna tattoo
  • Try on a hijab
  • Get a button with your name in Arabic


Please CLICK THIS LINK and RSVP in the link provided (deadline is 05/22/17).

Contact for more information.

This event is sponsored by North Central College, Islamic Center of Naperville, DuPage United, and Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association.

3:00 pm15:00

Sultan and the Saint Chicago Film Premiere

  • McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

A docudrama film by Unity Productions Foundation on Muslim-Christian peacemaking.

Complimentary tickets can be redeemed by going to the ticket link: SultanSaintChicago.eventbrite. com and entering the promo code of "DUPAGE."

The code will automatically expire after 100 uses.

In the year 1220, during the height of the bloody Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Muhammed Al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians.

Watch the trailer:

6:30 pm18:30

Organizing & Leadership Workshop

  • Illinois Education Association

What's it about:

DuPage United will offer a series of three organizing and leadership development workshops (Thursday April 20th, Thursday April 27th, and Thursday May 4th). These workshops are designed for new and interested people, active leaders who have never attended a training offered by DuPage United or one of our sister affiliate organizations, and for those who feel like they need a refresher in organizing.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is happening now in our body politic? Why? What are the traps we can fall into?
  • How to build power with a broad range of institutions. How to think globally and act locally around shared areas of common interest and concern.
  • Strategies to move from a problem—like incarceration of people with mental illness, affordable housing, gun violence, and other local concerns—to meaningful action that will produce real change.

Registration & Fees

Please register by sending your name, institution, and cell phone number to: $20 for non-member institution leaders. IEA members do not have to pay non-member fee. Please make payment upon arrival to DuPage Sponsors

Registration deadline is Monday, April 17, 2017

The workshop will be located at the Illinois Education Association, 1555 Bond Street, Suite 121, Naperville, IL 60563

6:00 pm18:00

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief Annual Banquet and Fundraiser

  • Ashton Place

Refugees, our homeless, our needy, hungry neighbors in America need us more than ever before. DuPage United member, ICNA Relief Chicago, offers services, including feeding 450 families at its two food pantries each month. For an opportunity to discover how we can collaborate towards common goals, ICNA Relief welcomes you to its Annual Dinner on April 8th. Early bird Tickets are $50 until March 15th. $60 after that.

Visit to purchase tickets.

We anticipate a sold out event and look forward to your presence!

6:30 pm18:30

CANCELLED - Mental Health Action Team Meeting

The March 16th DuPage Mental Health Action Team meeting has been CANCELLED.

Please CONTACT US if you have any questions.

Below is a brief update on the current mental health campaign progress towards crisis centers. 

Meeting with Mayors and Police Chiefs

At the last meeting, we took assignments to meet with key figures from Downers Grove , Naperville, Lisle and elsewhere. We met with Downers Grove and Naperville, but chose to hold off on other meetings as we think it is best to focus meeting with other potential allies (hospitals and mental health and addiction services providers) in order to secure long term buy-in and funding.

DuPage Health Coalition (DHC) Meeting

Mike Solberg, Jim Honig, Mary Hason, Renee Hyzy, and Rachel Brooks met with Kara Murphy (President of the DuPage Health Coalition), Karen Ayala (Executive Director of the DuPage County Public Health Department) and Tammy Pressley (Director of Gov’t and Public Affairs Northwestern Hospital) on February 8, 2017. The discussion was on how to move forward on a process to approach the DHC Board on a crisis center. The DHC does not want to see multiple crisis centers being pursued at once. We agreed to support a 6-8 week process of research that will conclude with a decision on whether to present a crisis center proposal to the DHC Board. We are maintaining urgency and trying to get firm dates on when the process starts and ends. The DHC hopes to start in “early spring.”

Naperville CIT meeting

Professor Shawna Rohrman spoke at a Naperville CIT stakeholders meeting at the request of Chief Bob Marshall via Commander Kathleen Anderson of Naperville Police Department. Since DU’s very first meeting with Chief Marshall over 2 years ago, he was clear that a crisis diversion center is a key priority for his officers and the families of Naperville. He asked Professor Rhorman to share DU’s research so that other stakeholders could interact with it and generate support. Naperville has been working to create a robust crisis intervention team network between providers, Fire department and others. See the attached notes of the meeting for more information.

Sinai Crisis Unit Tour on March 10, 2017

Debbie Fulks and Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) leader, Bill Scown, toured the Sinai Holy Cross Crisis Stabilization Unit along with members of the DHC. The unit serves a population area of 1.4 million people. From July 22, 2015 - July 30, 2016 the 12 bed diversion center had just under 1,000 admissions of which 605 admission (~62.43%) were diverted away from inpatient treatment resulting in ~$4.14M of savings. The average length of time for an emergency room stay dropped from an average of 15.8 hours to 2.5 hours, saving 13.3 hours and allowing more patients to be served. The unit will expand to 32 beds in August and expects a (rough estimate) 110% increase in admissions. DHC members were very impressed with the results. See the attached notes from the tour.

Next Steps

Contact Rachel Brooks if you are able to help secure the action items below.

Hospital and Health Provider Relationships

We have done a good job of our relationships with police. We need to expand our relationships with CEOs and EDs of hospitals, mental health providers and addiction services. For example, Edwards-Elmhurst, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health & Hospital, Gateway Addiction Services in Aurora and West Chicago (Bill Scown met with the several years ago), Treatment Centers of Illinois in Lombard, and Rosecrance in Naperville, Hamdrad Health Center in Addison and other key/new service providers. We have a pending meeting with the executive director of NAMI DuPage whom we met with in the beginning of the campaign. These relationships will be important for a crisis center to be effective and have broad connections and support to community care.

School Relationships

The prepared and rapid response action team is meeting with DuPage Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti to build a relationship around public safety. We are asking that team to also include the issue of mental health. As this team secures other meetings with key principals and schools, members of the Mental Health Action Team may be asked to join and learn about what struggles school are seeing in children related to mental health. If you are able to secure a meeting with a key school districts, please contact Rachel Brooks and Adrienne McCauley so we do not duplicate efforts.

2:00 pm14:00

We Are All America Solidarity Event

  • The Mecca Center

Join us in solidarity on February 19th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at The Mecca Center.  Together, let us honor the diversity of this great country.

More more information visit or e-mail us at

This is the first large event at MECCA since they opened. As many people are aware, DuPage United organized and helped fight for the construction of the new mosque. This solidarity event also commemorates our work together.

The Mecca Center is located at 16W560 91st Street in Willowbrook, IL.

7:00 pm19:00

Rapid Response Meeting - Tuesday February 7th

  • First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove

Last February, 800 people (many of you) attended the "Know Your Muslim Neighbor" solidarity event. Two hundred and fifty people signed up to be on the Rapid Response Team. Again, on November 17th, 2016, 600 people gathered for the DuPage United assembly and 60 more people signed up for it. We are now moving into action and invite your institution to be a part of that response. 

We will be holding our first Rapid Response Team meeting on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove (1032 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515). 

First UMC is located on Maple Ave, just west of Main St in Downers Grove.  There is a large parking lot, and if additional parking is needed, there is a lot East of Emmet's, or along Lane Place (South) or along Grove Street (North).

Our goal is to launch a strategy on how to act ahead of and in response to incidents of violence or harm against local Muslim, Latino, African American, and other minority communities. 

Please RSVP at this LINK, or if you prefer please email with your name, institution, phone number and email address.


Debbie Fulks, Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn
Maria Ibarra, DuPage Friends Society of Downers Grove
Naazish YarKhan, ICNA Relief
Rev. Joe Yucha, ELCA Pastor

9:00 am09:00

1-Day IAF Training

  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Metro Illinois Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) will offer a 1-day version of its acclaimed national leadership training. This training will provide an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong community groups and connecting those groups into a broad based organization necessary to create power. Special emphasis will be placed on the identification of leaders and the creation of local allies necessary to effect change at both the local community and state levels.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Creating a Culture of Organizing
  • Mapping the External World ... the why, what and how of doing a power analysis
  • Bureaucratic/Maintenance Organizations vs. Broad Based Relational Organizing
  • How to Initiate Action(s) Relationally
  • What kind of leaders will it take?
  • Identifying the talent, making the offer

Lunch will be provided. Translation available upon request. DU/FRVI/IEA Member cost: $20. Non-member cost: $50. Please make payment when you arrive at the event.

Registration deadline is Monday, January 15, 2017

Register at

6:30 pm18:30

27th Annual DuPage County Celebration: The Life, Legacy, and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Gary United Methodist Church

Time: 6:30pm (arrive at 6:00pm for seating).

Location: Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187

Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The mission of our celebration:

To bring the DuPage County community together to celebrate the life, legacy and words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by remembering his leadership in social justice, his compassion and commitment to equality, his courage to do the right thing, and his respect for racial, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity and gender equality, so that all might be inspired to strive for the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream.

6:30 pm18:30

Mental Health Team Meeting

  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

The next DuPage United Mental Health Team Meeting will be on Thursday, January 12th, 2016 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 1500 Brookdale Rd, Naperville.

On January 1st, a young man was fatally shot in Villa Park by a Sheriff's deputy. He is believed to been a person with mental illness. This the scope of our work and what we have been trying to accomplish in CIT is very clear-- the officers that will be trained this year and the crisis center we are trying to build are urgent. 

We will check in as a team on goals, where we are since our November Assembly, layout a timeline towards funding for our crisis centers including the property identified in Lisle, discuss potential action around CIT classes and the shooting.

For questions or concerns please contact an organizer.

6:30 pm18:30

Leadership Team Meeting

  • Faith Lutheran Church

The next DuPage United Leadership Team Meeting will be on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church - Luther Hall, 41 N. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

Each member institution is asked to have at least 2 people representing their institution at these meetings. Guests from interested organizations are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

For questions or concerns please contact an organizer.

7:00 pm19:00

DuPage United Fall Assembly

  • Islamic Center of Naperville

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD - Turnout Strategy Document to help you plan and execute how to sign people up to attend the assembly.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD - Attendee Sign-Up Sheet to help you sign people up to attend the assembly.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD - Fall Assembly Flier Color PDF to print out and distribute to your institution.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD - EDITABLE Fall Assembly Flier Color PDF to add the website of your institution to the contact info of the flier. (may require Adobe Acrobat or other PDF editor).

To read the press release - CLICK HERE -

On November 17th at 7:00PM, at the Islamic Center of Naperville (2844 W Ogden Ave, Naperville, IL 60540), DuPage United will have a public assembly around key issues impacting DuPage County residents.

We are in desperate need for crisis intervention and diversion services for people with mental illness in order to stop the cycle of emergency room visits, homelessness and incarceration that crush so many of our loved ones. Working together with law enforcement, DuPage United aims to fund the construction of crisis diversion centers to serve as cost efficient, life saving alternatives to incarceration by providing support to families and first responders as they seek effectively respond to daily crisis situations.

We made a commitment last February with over 800 people to reject the rampant fear mongering of Muslims that plagues our news cycle. We chose to build better relationships, understanding and to listen to each other on issues we could take on together as a community. We have hosted open mosques, held community listening sessions and built relationships with local refugees in our member institutions. DuPage United will continue the work we started highlighting the formation of a rapid response team for crisis situations and hear directly from refugee leaders on issues impacting their families.

Please contact for more information.

6:30 pm18:30

October 27th - Fall Assembly Planning Meeting

  • Islamic Foundation

The next planning meeting for the upcoming Fall Assembly will be on Thursday, Oct 27th, at 6:30PM at Islamic Foundation in Villa Park. We will check in with everyone on the number of people who plan on attending the assembly.  Then we will further discuss advancing our agenda during the event.

Each member institution is asked to have at least 2-3 people representing their institution attending. Prospective members who have committed to joining are also invited to attend.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

For questions or concerns contact an organizer.

Oct 16

IAF - Fall 2016 2-Day Training Session

  • Union Church of Hinsdale

Metro Illinois Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) will offer a 2-day version of its acclaimed national leadership training. This training will provide an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong community groups and connecting those groups into a broad based organization necessary to create power. Special emphasis will be placed on the identification of leaders and the creation of local allies necessary to effect change at both the local community and state levels.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Creating a Culture of Organizing
  • Mapping the External World...the why, what and how of doing a power analysis
  • Bureaucratic/Maintenance Organizations vs. Broad Based Relational Organizing
  • How to Initiate Action(s) Relationally
  • What kind of leaders will it take?
  • Identifying the talent, making the offer

Please register by contacting

7:00 pm19:00

Mental Health Meeting

  • Faith Lutheran Church

The next mental health meeting will be on September 14th at 7pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Room 204 (in the hallway between the sanctuary and the church office).

I will reach out to some you leaders to set the agenda together. We still need someone to help chair the meeting (this is not as hard or complicated as it may sound). You will not be doing it alone.

Please come with at least 2-3 people from your institution, if possible.

Below is the most recent update. Please respond to the items listed on what you are interested in helping with.

- - - -

Hi All,

I will send this update out to the larger team later, but wanted to get it out the door to executive team and a handful of leaders quickly.

We had a very, very productive meeting on Wednesday with Cheif Anderson of the Lisle police. He said explicitly that DU has the DuPage Police Cheifs Association (DPCA) complete support that we (as in DU) were "the team" and they were glad to be on it with us. He has been vested with the authority to act and speak for the DPCA. He is on the executive board for the DPCA, and said that attending the monthly meeting would be less effective-- the executive board makes decisions, summarizes it, then presents it and makes the case for full support from other chiefs.

He explicitly noted Sheriff Zaruba knew he was having this meeting with DU, that although it bothered Zaruba (because of how we have challenged him on the high incarceration levels of the mental ill in the jail) and didn't understand why, and He (Anderson), while being very political, he wasn't going to let that stop this work from happening. They may have grievances with one another from a different issue. He made it clear that Zaruba and he are on the DPCA executive board together, that he will know what it's going on and everything will be on the table. He said it in an agitational way, directed toward Zaruba. Transparency! Integrity! I love it.

Anderson was very focused and excited to be working with us.The Chiefs want to get down to business. They will call the EMTs and the Fire Chiefs which they believe are necessary make crisis centers effective. They will then get a meeting from the right people inside local hospitals with the EMTs help.

He is very positive that hospitals will want to help. We asked is they would FUND. He was realistic and understood that they make profit too, by helping.

They were really looking to us decide where the centers should go. We said as long as the police will use the spots selected, we could work on this and bring it back to Anderson.

A few things need to happen:
1. We need to look for land or buildings. I am suggesting that leaders buddy up with someone in their institution or with each other and go explore! You'd be surprised how many of our housing or building projects were found this way. For example, Naperville, the northern end towards Ogden road is a key overlapping spot for many towns.

We are imagining 4 centers in the 4 corners of DuPage, with wide enough radii that their circles overlap and cover the middle.

2. We need to draft a 1 page write up that has specifics for a crisis center (cost to build, run each year, size, etc).

Adrienne already took a stab at a crisis center write up. We may need to add to it or change it for Anderson's purposes, but we aren't starting from scratch.

Adrienne, can you send that over to us when you have a chance?

Renee offered to help edit if Anderson is looking for something more specific. Who is able to work together with Renee on that?

3. Set a date with Anderson, Fire/EMT and Ayala for key stakeholders meeting. Late September / Early October would be ideal.

4. Check in with Lana Miller & Ayala on Crisis Centers, Tour of Jail, and the beginning of CIT

5. We are hosting a State Wide CIT conference on November 2nd. This is being done in relationship with Public Safety Director, Rodger Heaton, who has been a key ally in moving things with the state in terms of CIT and criminal justice. We need to make invites to the key people we need there. Anderson, Marshall, Berlin, Ayala, Miller, and others.

Please reply all with what you are able / willing to do.

In an ideal world, our November action could also be an announcement of the location of the 1st crisis center. With the enthusiasm shown by Chief Marshall of Naperville and the force of Anderson, we may be able to achieve that.

Good work!


6:30 pm18:30

Solidarity Campaign Team Meeting

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Please help us continue our Solidarity Campaign by attending this Team Meeting. The DuPage United Solidarity Campaign will continue its mission of building trust and understanding.

Meeting will take place September 8th at 6:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn (393 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137) in the library.

Contact Rev. Joe Yucha ( or Adrienne McCauley ( if you are interested in attending.

10:00 am10:00

Mental Health Team Meeting

  • St Mary's Episcopal Church

The next regional mental health team meeting will be on Saturday, August 20th at St. Mary's Episcopal in Park Ridge from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to begin to discuss and plan a statewide CIT conference/summit. Please come with a list of potential allies to invite to the conference from your city or county. We will also check in on the progress of expanding CIT programs from each organization.

Please let us know if you are able to attend by participating in the doodle poll: dvd5z8a7vrafvk9s

6:30 pm18:30

Quarterly Leadership Meeting

  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

The next DuPage United Member & Steering Team Meeting will be on Thursday, August 11th, 6:30PM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville.

Each member institution is asked to have at least 2 people representing their institution at these meetings. Guests from interested organizations are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Please RSVP with Maria Ibarra by clicking here or at

For questions or concerns email
Or contact an organizer.

3:00 pm15:00

Fox River Valley Initiative - July 30th Assembly

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Action in the Fox Valley!

Hello, DuPage United Leaders -

On Saturday, July 30th at 3:00PM, our sister organization, the Fox River Valley Initiative, is having an Issue's Assembly at Bethlehem Lutheran in St. Charles (1145 N 5th Ave, St Charles, IL 60174).

We are inviting all of the Kane county board members as well as the State's Attorney and the Sheriff to ask for commitments around mental health and housing, as well as a focus on homelessness, and gun safety.

We'd like 20 DuPage United Leaders to attend, learn from their good work as it relates to our county and show support for our team in the Fox Valley just like they support DuPage United. Please RSVP here or call Communications Leader, Laurel Bault at 224.587.3611.

Click here to download the flyer.

6:30 am06:30

Mental Health & Housing - Team Meeting

  • Church of the Holy Nativity

Mental Health & Housing meeting will be at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Clarendon Hills on June 27th at 6:30pm. It will be held in the Ford Room — there will be signs to guide you.

Topics to be discussed: 

  • DuPage CIT & Jail Mental Health Care
  • Crisis Triage Center in Hinsdale / South East DuPage
  • Longterm Housing

Should you have any questions or would like to join the Mental Health / Housing Team, please e-mail Rachel Brooks at

7:00 pm19:00

United Power for Action and Justice in Cook County Delegates Assembly

  • St. Philip's Lutheran Church

Themes to be discussed that evening:

  • TREATMENT, NOT INCARCERATION: Address the need for expanded police training, mental health treatment and housing.
  • REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE: Learn about how suburban communities can join. Join United Power and IAF's nationwide campaign to reduce gun violence and transform the gun industry.

Assembly starts at 7pm sharp, so please make plans to arrive early.