This website represents the efforts of the Rock River Homeless Coalition.
The mission of the Rock River Homeless Coalition is: To reduce homelessness and its effects on the citizens within the Rock River Homeless Coalition through the provision of a seamless Continuum of Care system.
Rock River Homeless Coalition Board of Directors - August 2015:
1. Shelton Kay, Chair, Crusader Community Health
2. Michael Hedrick, Rockford Rescue Mission
3. Kay Larrick, Treasurer, Carpenter’s Place
4. Joan Lodge, Secretary, Rosecrance Ware Center
5. Sarah Parker-Scanlon, Shelter Care Ministries
6. Jim Buckingham, U.S. Veteran
7. Vikki Noe-Eltvedt, MELD
8. Linda Jurgens, Belvidere
9. Karen Gill, Remedies
10. Sue Rader, Vice Chair, Youth Services Network
11. City of Rockford Representative
12. HMIS Representative
The Rock River Homeless Coalition Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The vision to accomplish the mission is:
To use the services of the community in a cooperative and collaborative manner to achieve stabilization and promote growth of our homeless citizenry.
The coalition of agencies commits itself to three strategies:
To implement a responsive community plan of action that organizes and delivers support for homeless individuals and families to acquire resources and/or skills to live successfully in the community.
To develop new partnerships leading to the preservation of our Rock River Homeless Coalition core services, system innovations, and possible development of targeted services for underserved homeless populations.
To have elected officials, supported by the media and the community, adopt proactive public policies that support the community plan of action.
Please click on the "Resources" link on the left menu of this page to find information on agencies providing assistance to the homeless population. This listing of agencies is not an all-inclusive directory of resources in northern Illinois, but it will certainly provide a link to many community assistance programs.
All our homeless population asks is that we stand by them. Click Here to listen to a wonderfully orchestrated song performed by the homeless and friends from around the globe. Please click the "Play" button on the site to hear this awesome tribute to our homeless population.
SPONSORS - Thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors, the Rock River Homeless Coalition presents this informational campaign to assist the community in an effort to become better informed about the impact of homelessness in the northern Illinois region.