Rock House Kids is a safe and nurturing place for at-risk youth in our community.
October 2007 – with the help of financial contributions, donation of building materials and hours of hard work by our volunteers, Rock House Kids opens seven new classrooms, allowing us to separate the children into age groups. Kitchen and bathrooms are also updated, and our assembly room was modified to accommodate larger numbers of kids.
Fall 2013 – Rock House Kids accepts donation of additional space right next door. This expansion gave us four additional classrooms, two more bathrooms, and a large group area! We believe God provided more room for more kids and we will continue to expand as it becomes available.
Fall 2015 – Tuesday nights for Teens begins. Our Teen Leadership program is growing by leaps and bounds so to make more space for everyone, we made Tuesday a Teens Only night. Same format with a hot meal, leadership training, and giving out essential items, but mentoring and teaching subjects specific to teen boys and girls. Many of the teens volunteer as helpers with the younger kids on Monday and Wednesday evenings, serving meals, helping pass out the seasonal giveaways, and helping our teachers in their classrooms.
Spring 2016 – A enclosed playground and basketball area on the south side of our building is added so the kids have a place to play in nice weather. Our volunteers watch over them while they are in the playground area.
Fall 2017 – With the help of grants received from Club Blue and Woodward Charitable Trust, Rock House Kids opens another new section that includes more classrooms and cafeteria space for our Pebbles (first and second graders), additional office space, new entry way (see picture) and new volunteer center!
January 2018 – The number of at-risk children in Rockford is higher than ever so we added a second night of teen programming! We want to keep these vulnerable teenagers off the streets and help them develop into responsible young adults. This is the next generation!
Future??? We plan to improve our building further by adding a gymnasium! If you would like to participate in this expansion by giving financially, we would be grateful. Please contact us by phone at 815-962-5067 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.