Urban and Social Outreach
Emmanuel Episcopal Church's commitment to outreach in downtown Rockford extends back 30 years to the purchase of the Franklin School property next door where the first soup kitchens were held that winter.
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 afternoon at the Jubilee Center with help from our congregation and other local groups.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience and an opportunity to make new friends.
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.
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. Flower beds border the garden, adding beauty to this…Read More »