PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 01/04/2017
Rockford, IL-Rock House Kids, a safe house for kids ages 6-18, is proud to announce it has received a generous donation for its kid friendly food bag program. The grant was awarded by the Community Grants Program from the Margaret K. Aldeen Christian Ministry Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
“This kid friendly food bag program is vital to the children that we serve,” explains Rock House Kids CEO, Dola Gregory. “Each week, we receive 250 children through our doors. We provide them with a take home bag filled with approximately ten non-perishable and individually wrapped items that may be eaten at the child’s discretion. These bags are distributed each time we have programming and we find the children depend upon these items to help them every day and through tough times when there are no other resources for food.”
“We have shared this need with businesses, individuals, civic groups, and churches that have taken up collections and brought them to us. We are extremely grateful for this support. Since we distribute these bags on an ongoing basis, we needed to reach out for additional help and the Margaret K. Aldeen Christian Ministry Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has come through with much needed grant dollars to help us”, continued CEO Gregory. “We have been doing this for many years. The need is great and many of the children in our program receive breakfast and lunch from school, but our program helps fill a gap. Because we are all about the child, we want to do whatever we can to help them. Our goal is to provide the missing pieces in a child’s life. We believe we are changing our community one child at a time.”
To learn more about Rock House Kids and the wonderful programs in place go to www.rockhousekids.org. Contact Barbara Seaworth, CEO Assistant for more information. Our motto, Help a child today and you won’t have to repair an adult tomorrow.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding, CFNIL has granted more than $63 million for charitable purposes.