“I am grateful to be walking, to being given the gift of time in order to notice, to see the world around me. Walking along the streets of our communities puts life right in front of you – I promise I will notice – everything.” Follow Lou’s journey day by day as she marches for America’s poor. 

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“Each new day brought something new, if I was looking, and luckily for me I was looking most of the time. New friends were made in each place and the images of all those folks remain dear to me, their kindness and enthusiasm for this effort…”  Follow Lou’s journey day by day as she marches for America’s poor. 

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“When the dream is larger than life, beyond the ability of normal efforts, when the dream is that big, it takes allies and mentors to carry us along as the dream works itself out.”  Follow Lou’s journey day by day as she marches for America’s poor.

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MAYA’S House is a drop-in center for children under five whose families are homeless. Families come from Remedies, the domestic violence agency, Rockford Rescue Mission and other organizations where children are attached to the parents.


The Jubilee Center offers a day program for adults suffering from a mental illness who are at risk of homelessness.  Jubilee Center is a member only program — membership is determined by the presence of a mental illness.


Named for George Bailey of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, is a public-private partnership designed to restore health and vitality to depleted neighborhoods in Rockford’s Mid-Town area our target – Veterans and their families as well as families and individuals who are recovering from homelessness.


Careers & MORE is an innovative idea based on the belief that people can and will choose to work when work fulfills their hopes and dreams.

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Story of Walk to Washington D.C. on WIFR

During the 81 day walk, there were days she wanted to stop, but then remembered her mission which is to help the poor and homeless.

Once she arrived at our Nation’s Capital, Ness talked with lawmakers about ways they can help end poverty in our country.

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Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 by Shelter Care Ministries

Well, it's the morning after the day before and all is well. A big shout out to everyone who braved whatever circumstances were in the way and voted! Yay. I turned on the news this morning from my hotel room in Texas and heard jubilant voices and lamenting voices. I suspect there are people in back rooms toiling over strategy to reflect the change across the nation and how they will leverage or maneuver the next two years. These folks are so "not in the moment."

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2014 by Shelter Care Ministries

Please join us for our 2nd annual “Gathering of Friends,” an event designed to showcase our programs and celebrate new projects, partnerships and longtime friends and supporters. If you have not been able to visit some of our sites, then this is your opportunity. Join us Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

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Housing Application Information

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 by Shelter Care Ministries

Shelter Care Ministries is NOT taking applications for our Emergency Housing Program. However, we are taking applications for Veteran Family Permanent Supportive Housing Program at this time. The family selected will move into a three bedroom townhouse in southeast Rockford. Rent will be paid each month by Shelter Care Ministries, and the family will be responsible for establishing utilities in their name. By entering the program, participants agree to create a program plan, meet with a Housing Advocate regularly and be accountable for their choices.

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Housing Application Information

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