Shelter Care Ministries
Shelter Care Ministries began as an outreach of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 1981. The nonprofit started with a soup kitchen and received its official designation as Shelter Care Ministries in 1985, in response to the growing population of homeless in the Rockford metropolitan area. Shelter Care is comprised of three programs:
- Doorsteps: Shelter Care's housing program provides emergency, transitional, and permanent shelter for those in need. All types of housing have supportive services attached;
- Maya's House: Shelter Care provides programming for children under the age of five who come from homeless families. Children come to Maya's House for 10 hours per week and receive breakfast, lunch, and healthy snacks.
- The Jubilee Center: Shelter Care's day drop-in center for adults living with a chronic mental illness who may also be at risk of homelessness is located on the church property. Case managers work with members to help them monitor their daily habits and their meetings with other supportive professionals.