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 Family and Community Engagement

In a joint effort with our community partners and the City of Rockford, the Family and Community Engagement team is committed to providing our families with information about community resources available during the COVID-19 school closure. 

Please contact Maureen Kirschmann, maureen.kirschmann@rps205.com, for additions and edits. 

Updated May 18, 2020, @ 11:00am 

COVID-19 Community Resources: 

​City of Rockford:
Community Action Agency
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.​
779-348-7575
​Call for food or prescription needs, but have no means of transportation. A phone screening will be done to determine eligibility and the need. 
​Laundry Love
​Monday - Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.​
779-348-7575
​For laundry assistance on a limited basis. 
​Stateline Church 

Have a Need/Meet a Need Program
To apply, fill out the form on their site.
​United Way 
​24/7
211 
211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
​Call4Calm
​Text "TALK" to 552-020
Call4Calm, is a new emotional support hotline for those in Illinois experiencing stress related to COVID-19.  To connect with a mental health professional to talk about stress, fears, etc., text "TALK" to 552-020.  The hotline is free-of-charge and anonymous.


Meals:

East High School 
Flinn Middle School
Spring Creek Elementary School 
Kennedy Middle School 
Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour
Conklin Elementary School
Beyer Early Childhood Center
Fairgrounds Valley



2929 Charles Street
2525 Ohio Parkway 
5222 Spring Creek Road
520 Pierpont Avenue 
1506 Clover Avenue

3003 Halsted Road
333 15th Ave.
1015 W. Jefferson St.

RPS 205 Nutrition Services team will provide meals to students on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10:15 a.m. starting Monday, April 6.  

On Mondays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 


All children, ages 2-18 can receive prepackaged meals. 

YMCA 

​See delivery schedule 
*Limited Quantities
Runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

11:00 - 11:40am SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
12:00 - 12:40pm Northwest Community Center 
1:00 - 1:40pm Salvation Army on Kilburn 
1:20 - 1:40pm The Grove @ New Towne
1:50 - 2:10pm Mulford Park Apartments
2:00pm - 2:40pm Ken-Rock Community Center 
​2:30 - 2:50pm Orton Keys
3:00 - 3:20pm Blackhawk
3:30 - 3:50pm Fairgrounds
​Washington Park Community Center 
​3617 Delaware St, Rockford, IL 61102
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
​11am - 12pm 
For children 2-19 *children do not need to be present 
​Strong Neighborhoods:
Irving Avenue House
​312 Irving Ave
​Monday & Friday
11:30am - 2:30pm 
​Miss Carly's
​1125 5th Avenue
Sack meals available 24/7
​Rockford Rescue Mission
​​715 W. State St., Rockford, 61102 

815-965-5332
Sack meals available for pick up at their door 
7am - Breakfast 
11:30am-12:00pm - Lunch 
5pm - Dinner


Food Resources: 

​Rock River Valley Pantry 
​421 S. Rockton Ave., Rockford, 61102
​815-966-2466
​Monday-Friday 
1pm - 4pm

Max 8 clients at a time

Prepacked boxes of food based on family size. Please bring ID's or other proof of family size.  

​Rock River Valley Pantry 
​1100 Broadway,
Rockford, 61104
815-965-1086
​​Monday-Friday
10am - 12pm 

Max 12 clients at a time 

Prepacked boxes of food based on family size. Please bring ID's or other proof of family size.  
​Cornucopia Food Pantry 
​402 Market St.,
Rockford, 61107
​815-962-1380
​Tuesday, Thursday, 3rd Saturday- 9am -11am 

Please do not arrive early and wait. 

One individual at a time will be allowed into the pantry. 
Northern IL Food Bank:
Winnebago Community Market
​765 Research Pkwy, Rockford, 61109 
815-639-1257
Wednesday- 4pm - 5:30pm
Thursday- 8:30am-10:30am 
Friday- 11am - 12:30pm
Saturday- 9am - 11:30am 

​Currently using a "drive-thru" model. To receive groceries, shoppers will remain in their vehicles while staff places boxes of groceries into their trunks. 

A line will be available for neighbors who arrive by public transportation or on foot. 

Please bring ID
​St. Elizabeth's Center
Food Pantry 
​1505 S. Main St.,
Rockford, 61102
​815-965-6993
Closed as of 5/18/2020
​Soul's Harbor Church
​2802 11th St.,
Rockford, 61109 
​815-229-1922
​2nd and 4th Monday
11:45am - 12:45pm 

Food will be pre-bagged and given out at the door. Please do not arrive early and wait in line. 
Total Faith Community Church
​God's Glory Food Pantry 
​1520 S. Perryville, Rockford, 61108 
​815-580-8184
​3rd Saturday 12pm-2pm
For zip codes 61108, 61109, 61016 only  
​Emmanuel Lutheran Food Pantry 
​910 3rd Ave.,
Rockford, 61104
​815-963-4815
​Monday & Friday
9:30am - 11:30am 
Serving one individual at a time. 
​Christ the Carpenter
​1100 S. Winnebago, Rockford, 61102 
815-965-7112​
Closed until April 2020 
​Christian Union
​1705 Kilburn,
Rockford, 61101
​815-963-3808
Closed until March 26, 2020 
​Deliverance Outreach
​910 2nd Ave.,
Rockford, 61104
815-323-2014
​​Tuesday & Thursday
3pm - 5pm 
​One Body Collaborative
​815-282-4384
​​Monday-Friday 
8:00am - 1:00pm 
Salvation Army Pantry 
416 S. Madison St., Rockford, ​61104
​815-972-1135
​​By appointment only. Calls accepted Mondays at 9:00 am until all spots are filled. 
​Northern Illinois Food Bank
​Various Locations
https://solvehungertoday.org
​Firstborn Ministries
​8213 N. Alpine
Machesney Park
815-988-4144
1st & 3rd Thursday
8am - 10am - No appointment required
2nd & 4th Thursday 
8am - 10am - By appointment only 
​Life Church South Campus
​4312 S. 20th St., 
Rockford
​Thursday 
10:00am - 1:00pm 


Child Care: 

​YMCA
​Available to first responders and medical providers
​815-489-1252
​MAYA'S House
​Closed 
​815-964-9812
​Boys & Girls Club
Closed​ to the public- team is still connecting with families via phone

​815-972-5973
​Washington Park Community Center
​Closed to the public 
​815-987-1612
​Ken-Rock
​Closed to the public
Providing childcare from 6 am-6 pm daily with limited availability 
​815-398-8864
​Mother House Crisis Nursery
Open Monday-Friday from 10:00am-3:00pm for parents to get essentials- diapers, food, etc. 

​815-962-4858
​Head Start
​Closed
​779-348-7169
​YSN
​Open
Emergency teen shelters running as usual.
Crisis intervention running as usual. 
​815-986-1947
​Rockford Park District
​All facilities closed 
​815-987-8800
​St. Elizabeth's
​Programming Closed, soup kitchen closed, clothing closet closed

Pantry-Open 

​815-969-6526

​DOC- The Kid's Place I & II
​Open (to families with court cases only)

​Trinity Day Care
​Open to current families only. No new enrollments 
​815-986-5437
​Circles of Learning Day Care
​Open with temporary hours of operation change: open to current families but effective March 19-30 hours of operation will be 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Hours will be reevaluated prior to March 31st. No new enrollments 
​815-226-8715
​KinderCare
​No new enrollments 
888-525-2780
​The African American Resource Center @ Booker Washington
​Closed to the public. Staff is available via phone and are connecting with their families
815-962-9117



Additional Community Information

​United Way Rock River Valley
​Use 211 to help locate resources

​Rockford Public Library 
​All branches closed- online resources are available 

​Lifescape
​Closed to in-person appointments
​815-963-1609
​Carpenters Place
​Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
​815-964-4105
​Crusader Clinic
Usual hours/days​
​815-490-1600
​Shelter Care Ministries
​Closed- taking calls
​815-964-5520
​City of Rockford Human Services 
​Closed for in-person appointments- forms available at 612 N. Church Lobby or by email/text. 

Homeless program- call-ins by phone

Liheap- still operating but not face-to-face
​779-710-6919
​ComEd
No disconnections until May 1st 
​800-334-7661
​Nicor Gas
​No disconnections until May 1st
​888-642-6748


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Maureen KirschmannParent and Community Engagement Coordinator815-966-3271maureen.kirschmann@rps205.com
Amy EkstromParent and Community Engagement Liaison815-489-7295ekstroa@rps205.com
Lorinda GreenParent and Community Engagement Liaison815-489-7373Lorinda.Green@rps205.com

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