home-grown community care ministry | Angel’s Closet

When she experienced tragedy across the street, this woman began a ministry from her basement. Many years later she’s touched the lives and hearts of thousands through her Angel’s Closet. We produced this video through IroquoisCounty.tv in response to the recent significant flooding in Iroquois County.

C-U at Home | One Winter Night 2017

Almost a year ago, we were feverishly editing to complete our first feature length documentary film, The Phoenix: Hope is Rising. This film highlights a homeless outreach in Champaign IL, C-U at Home. Champaign is not a community where you’d expect homelessness to be a major issue, but awareness efforts are high and the community

Old Courthouse Museum doc earns award by Illinois State Historical Society

In early 2015, Phil Gioja worked with the Iroquois County Historical Society to create a documentary on the Old Courthouse Museum, located in Watseka IL in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the building. In the course of making and distributing the film, the Illinois State Historical Society was given a copy, and Phil was

Film Screening at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth IL

St. Paul’s Lutheran School hosted the second local screening of our documentary The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising. Melany Jackson, founder of C-U at Home, and one of the people whom the film is about, came to help present the film and answer questions afterwards. Here are some of Phil Gioja’s thoughts written after this screening:

Feature-length Documentary Premiere Screening – Champaign IL

Phil Gioja partnered with Isaac Musgrave to produce a feature length documentary titled The Phoenix: Hope is Rising, a film about a scrappy start-up ministry reaching out to the homeless in the Champaign-Urbana area. This film is about an hour and 20 minutes long, showing how the ministry was started by a woman who sold

The Old Courthouse Museum – Iroquois County Historical Society

Over the past several months we’ve been working on a nearly hour-long documentary with the Iroquois County Historical Society. When the county moved their government offices to the new courthouse in 1967, the old building was nearly destroyed. A group of people across Iroquois County came together and formed a historical society with the intent

ISAS provides hope and healing for victims in Iroquois County

This spring we had the privilege of seeing what happens behind the scenes at our local Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) office. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but were blown away by the care and compassion that we found from the staff as well as the many volunteers who carry out this important

Volunteers push shopping carts & raise $10K – Champaign IL

Approximately 100 people came out to walk around Hessel Park during C-U at Home’s One Summer Day fundraising event, raising nearly $10,000 to help provide professional case management for homeless residents. We were there to help capture some of the stories behind C-U at Home, and encourage others to participate as well.

Christie Clinic gives back – Champaign IL

Christie Clinic and the Christie Foundation in Champaign, IL have recently worked with us on several different projects. Here we’ve posted two, one designed to help recruit new volunteers for the Illinois Marathon, and the other is to highlight the Christie Foundation’s community involvement, including scholarships, grants, and other resources given back to the community.

The Hands and Feet of Restoration Urban Ministries – Champaign IL

I recently did a video project for Restoration Urban Ministries, to help illustrate their story in a great format so they can share it online, on TV, and on DVD. Restoration is a homeless shelter, food pantry, church, and counseling center in Champaign, IL. They’ve been open for about 20 years. One of the great

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