Founded in 1999, Rock House Kids is a 501 (C) 3 organization that seeks to feed at risk children physically, spiritually and emotionally. It is an outreach that cares for at-risk children in Rockford’s inner city. There is a growing number of at-risk children from ages 6 to 18 who are in need of a safe, warm, nurturing environment.
During our evening programs (Monday and Wednesday nights for Kindergarten through sixth grade students and a Tuesday night program just for Teens), we serve hot meals, enjoy music and instructional time in a group. We then break into smaller age appropriate groups for mentoring in basic life skills with compassionate adult volunteers that encourage the children to do their best in school and give them positive life goals. We take educational field trips, have purity classes, teach manners, instill preventive gang involvement and we distribute kid friendly food bags of non-perishable food items to each child.
We also offer tutoring-free of charge before programming starts on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 pm.
With the help of a wonderful community, we are able to have many seasonal giveaways. We hold “drives” each month and collect such items as toothbrushes/paste, lotions, and lip balm, socks, flip flops, winter items (new coats, hats, scarves, mittens), blankets, backpacks/school supplies, shoes and Christmas presents. Please call our office at 815-962-5067 or see the Annual Drive list on this website for more details.
We are always looking for caring adult volunteers to help us with this task of caring for children that are not “at risk” but “at possibility!” Please contact our office to receive an application and we can then discuss the perfect place for you to join in this wonderful ministry!