October 13, 2009

Matthew 25 Resource 10/13/09-Shelter Care (Rockford, IL)

Shelter Care was established in 1984 as a response to the growing population of homeless in the Rockford metropolitan area and in 1985 was honoured with the designation as a Jubilee Ministry Center by the National Episcopal Church. Episcopal charities and United Way affiliations followed in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

In 1995 Shelter Care expanded by creating an Emergency and Transitional Housing Program for families in homelessness; this program has expanded to 20 furnished apartments made available specifically to serve families with minor children and keep families together as they move to stabilize their situation.

Most recently, Shelter Care became the managing partner of MAYA’S House (founded by the Junior League of Rockford in 2003), a day time Drop-In Day Center for homeless children. MAYA'S House gives parents a safe, structured, educational environment for their children while allowing them to look for a job or obtain the training or education they need.

Shelter Care has continued to focus on the critical needs of homeless families and adults living with mental illness and has strengthened programs and filled gaps in the community advocating for those in need and assisting them in their journey to self sufficiency.

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