OUTREACH AND EVENTS
FEATURED EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Soldier Field 10-Mile
Saturday, May 27
Veterans Softball Tournament
Beverly Park, July 8
Tuesday, November 15
SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH
10am – 12pm
9am – 11am
Blue Door Neighborhood Center Veterans Coffee Socials
Blue Door Neighborhood Centers are friendly spaces to learn, connect and focus on your health. Join us for conversations and a cup of joe at our weekly veteran coffee breaks. Family and supporters are welcome.
Every Thursday at Blue Door, 2551 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60608
Every Friday at Blue Door, 756 E. 111th Street, Suites 102 and 103, Chicago IL 60628
August 30 –
Artfully Facing Trauma: Mask Art Exhibit
This exhibit features masks created by veterans as part of the healing process to overcome PTSD. Art therapy is an integral component of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at the Road Home Program at Rush. Mask-making is an exercise that allows individuals to process experiences in a non-verbal way. Participants use both sides of the mask to express their public and private selves.
The outside of the mask signifies what they show the world and what they think their families and friends want to see. The inside of the mask signifies what they keep inside, the thoughts, emotions or memories that may be difficult to verbalize. The artwork displayed in this exhibit has been intentionally donated to inspire future veterans to express themselves visually and to show civilians what they have been through.
Evanston Art Center, First Floor Gallery
1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
9:30am – 2pm
UIC Department of Veteran Affairs Resource Fair
Stop by the Student Center East on the UIC campus to learn about about the latest resources available to veterans. Road Home Program will host a table.
Main Entrance of Student Center East
750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607
9am – 4pm
Women Veteran Standdown & Mini-Retreat
This is a joint event by the Jesse Brown and Hines VA Women’s Health Programs to celebrate the women veterans who have served in the Armed Forces. Join us for speakers, on-site wellness programs, lunch, gifts, vendors and more. No cost tickets are available at Eventbrite (https://tinyurl.com/4r27rf2x) Free parking in Parking Garage with ticket validation.
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612
9am – 3pm
DuPage Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Coalition Seminar
This seminar is designed for social workers, law enforcement, paramedics, health care personnel, educators, veterans and anyone interested in learning about the prevention of veteran suicides. Learn what to do during a suicide attempt and what happens after a suicide attempt. You will also learn how to “ask the question.” Jesse Brown VA Hospital, DuPage County Health Department and Rosencrance are a few of the presenters. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact Steve Fixler, firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 407-5655 for more information and to RSVP.
American Legion Post #76
570 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188
10am – 1pm
UIC VITAL (Veteran Integration to Academic Leadership) Organization
Student Veterans Affairs at UIC is committed to sharing resources, organizations and opportunities that support the academic health and personal wellness of veteran and military-connected students. Learn to navigate VA, school and community. Road Home Program will host a table.
Cisar Student Veteran Center
750 S. Halsted Street, Room 248, Chicago, IL 60607
18 – 22
10am – 1pm
IACVAC – Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance Commissions
Holiday Inn & Suites
101 Holiday Street, East Peoria, IL 61611