Urban and Social Outreach
Emmanuel Episcopal Church's commitment to outreach in downtown Rockford extends back 30 years. The church had purchased the Franklin School property next doo. Under the leadership of Father Cardone, the school gym became the Jubilee Center where it continues today as drop in center for those suffering from Mental Illness and on Saturdays as site of the soup kitchen
Learn more about our many ministry and outreach efforts below.
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 provide…
Our soup kitchen serves about 200 people every Saturday noon at the Jubilee Center with help from our congregation or one of sixteen other local groups. Those groups are from different faiths and area organizations and rotate through the calendar year.
Pictured at right are team members from Shirland United Methodist Church who did the soup kitchen - start to finish - on June 9t…Read More »
Emmanuel parishioners spend one to two hours per week helping Haskell Academy students with reading and math skills. Haskell is a year-round elementary school in District 205, located several blocks from the church.
The Jeremiah Development is a joint church neighborhood outreach that works on housing rehabilitation, neighborhood organizing and infrastructure development and maintains the Jeremiah Community Garden.
If you would like to serve in this outreach, please contact Sue Kanthak [email protected]
The Jeremiah Development established a community garden in 2010 at the corner of North Court Street and Park Avenue. Each summer, the plot is used to teach members of the community how to garden successfully, offers fresh produce to residents and neighborhood visitors and provides food pantries with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Volunteers work in the gardens most Saturday mornin…Read More »