By Mark Wachtler
September 20, 2014. Elgin, IL. (ONN) What is Administer Justice? It is a legal aid charity, helping poor people who are failed by the system. But they also help those in desperate need outside of the courtroom too. Whether it’s human trafficking victims, homeless families, crime victims or many others in need, Administer Justice is there for them. Now, the Elgin-based Christian organization of volunteers is offering assistance to the uninsured and those being foreclosed on.
Sometimes even justice needs a little help. Image courtesy of The Blahrg Blog.
‘We’ve all heard the saying “you have the right to an attorney,”’ the Administer Justice website tells visitors, ‘But did you know this is only true for those being accused of a crime in our country, NOT their victims? Without a legal advocate, victims are left to fend for themselves. Are you ready to make a difference and change a life?’
Anyone currently stuck in any stage of the foreclosure process is welcome to attend one of Administer Justice’s twice-per-month free workshops. They’re held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 10:00am to 11:30am at 1750 Grandstand Place #15 - Elgin, IL 60123. The organization reminds us that Illinois still currently ranks 4th in the number of foreclosures in the America. And according to their data, the northern Illinois counties of Will, McHenry, Kane, Kendall and Winnebago have the highest foreclosure rates in the state.
According to a recent announcement from Administer Justice, ‘The workshop, presented in both English and Spanish, is conducted by Senior Staff Attorney Pamela Tan. It covers the steps individuals need to take if they are heading into foreclosure or have already been served a foreclosure notice. Information regarding the recently established Kane County Mediation Program will also be provided. Those who income-qualify will have the opportunity to meet with an attorney one-on-one at no cost immediately following the workshop. HUD Certified Housing Counselors from Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of the Fox Valley will also be available following the presentation. The workshop is free but space is limited. Those attending should plan to arrive early to ensure a seat.’
Get health insurance - it’s the law
For those readers who still don’t have health insurance and are lost when it comes to the whole system, Administer Justice is also holding a monthly workshop to help guide individuals through their options and the application process. The workshops will also help those who qualify apply for Medicaid and other assistance. Help is offered on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 1750 Grandstand Place, Elgin, IL 60123.
‘Administer Justice, a local nonprofit offering free legal aid, financial counseling and educational services has partnered with VNA Health Care to provide free Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment assistance,’ a recent Administer Justice announcement read, ‘VNA’s Certified Navigators will assist individuals who qualify with Medicaid enrollment, which is ongoing. Individuals with a qualifying life event may be eligible to enroll now in private coverage through the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act year 2 enrollment will run from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. VNA Health Care is a humanitarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate, dependable, and comprehensive primary care and community health services.’
Administer Justice annual banquet
While the volunteers at Administer Justice spend all year helping those in need, it’s often overlooked that Administer Justice needs a little help themselves. That’s why they’re holding their annual banquet-fundraiser. On October 23, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the organization will hold its event titled this year with the theme ‘Vulnerable’.
The banquet invitation reads, ‘Join us for a night of inspiring artistry featuring keynote speaker Pastor Choco, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013, author of In The Gap, and Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago.’ The event is being held at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows. Attendees are reminded that while there is no cost to attend, this is a fundraiser for Administer Justice and contributions are requested and appreciated. Readers can also order their own copy of 'In The Gap' direct from Amazon using the link to the right.
For more information on any of the above programs, visit AdministerJustice.org. Administer Justice is a Christian, non-profit legal aid charity that helped over 6,300 individuals in need in 2013. They’re also the Illinois Herald’s favorite charity in the entire world because we’ve seen first-hand how the volunteers there help those that are literally hopeless because no other legal association or government agency will help them. We strongly urge readers to help Administer Justice so they can continue helping those that have nowhere else to turn.
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