Kim has been with Rock House Kids for the past four years; first as a volunteer with 5th and 6th grade girls, and currently as Office Coordinator. Although she has a background in clerical, and worked in the school system as a paraprofessional for over twenty years; it was a calling that brought her here, not an application for employment. Kim has a desire to serve the Lord, and at Rock House Kids there is no shortage of opportunities to serve, whether you are on staff or a volunteer. “I feel like God has been preparing me for this position my entire life. I know I am supposed to be here and it’s a good fit! One of the things I like most about working at RHK, is the opportunity to meet so many loving, generous people that have a heart for children.”
Kim grew up on a farm West of Rockford in Winnebago, the community she has lived in her entire life. “I’ve moved five times, but all within a 10-mile radius! Strong family ties are what keep me here.” Growing up on a farm developed some deep core values. Strong work ethics and dependability were two things that were engrained in her. “Although my father and brother are now both gone, I still feel a sense of responsibility to Mom and the family homestead. Until my mother no longer lives on the farm and it is actually sold, that’s where my heart will be. You can take the girl off the farm, but…….”
Kim and Bob Alexander met in church and have five children, a daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren. “We are so proud of all of our kids.” Three of them have been on the front lines since the start of Covid-19, serving as a police officer, nurse, and dental hygienist. Although none of them live within close proximity, they all return home frequently for birthdays and holidays. “Time with our family is precious, and those babies grow up so fast!” Grand-daughter Adeline is 13, grandson Cole is now 11, and the newest addition, Charli Rae, is 6 months.
The Alexanders have attended and served under the pastoral leadership of Scott Nesse for almost thirty years; first at Maywood Free Church, and now at Stonebridge. “We love our church family and enjoy serving together.” Bob and Kim can be seen in the kitchen serving coffee at fellowship time, loving on the babies in the nursery, or planting flowers and trimming trees in the church yard. “Whatever we do, we like to do it together.” Until this past year, they enjoyed hosting their care group (or small group) for monthly bible studies, prayer and fellowship. “I can’t wait until we can all be together again!”
Kim loves spending time in the kitchen (which explains why she had a baking business in her home for over twenty years). Although she has given up the business end of it, she has passed down the skills to her niece and grand-daughter, Natalie and Adeline, and can frequently be found in the kitchen with either or both of them. “It makes my heart happy to see them in their aprons with a cookie sheet or decorating tube in their hands.” Kim and Bob enjoy doing yard work, taking walks with their Boxer dog, Brigitta, working on never-ending renovation projects with their turn of the century home, and traveling/hiking through the mountains of North Carolina. Her husband, Bob, retired from a thirty-year career as a landscaper, and is now employed at SC Aviation in Janesville, Wisconsin as an airplane mechanic. “I am so proud of him! I always wanted to go back to school, and for one reason or another, just never did. I am so thankful that Bob and all of our children have had that opportunity. What a blessing!”