MAYA’S House was started by the Junior League of Rockford and was originally housed in the Red Cross Shelter and is now located inside Court St. United Methodist Church at 215 N. Court St. Parents could leave their children with the day care provider while they attended the many appointments required by programs and government agencies who serve families that are homeless.
MAYA’S House is a drop-in center for children under five whose families are homeless. The doors open at 8:30 am and close at 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Families come from Remedies, the domestic violence agency, Rockford Rescue Mission and other organizations where children are attached to the parents.
MAYA’S House is not a full-time day care, though it follows DCFS guidelines for staffing, is licensed by the Winnebago County Health Department and meets the city zoning requirements for child care programs.
MAYA’S House is a calm, pleasant, nurturing environment for children that supports the developmental needs of the growing child and recognizes the imprint poverty and homelessness often leave on children. (Children from families that are homeless experience serious mental illness at 3 times the rate of children who are housed.)
During the hours of operation, children are offered breakfast, healthy snacks, and lunch. Clothing and supplies are always available to parents. Crusader Clinic provides onsite health care, and the Knights of Columbus provide bread every Tuesday morning. MAYA’S House endeavors to break the cycle of poverty and instill a moment of possibility in children. The staff believes that every seed planted will root and when the moment is right, it will grow. MAYA’S House staff and volunteers are seed planters!
Children are not responsible for the circumstances of their families, and families are often not responsible for the circumstances of their lives. Every family is seen as the possibility they might be, and Shelter Care supports their efforts to raise themselves and their children from helplessness to hopefulness. Giving children equal footing at this young age is a small beginning, yet it is a beginning.
MAYA'S HOUSE WISH LIST
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MAYA'S HOUSE
Key collaborations include:
Rockford Public School District #205
Knights of Columbus
Christ United Methodist Church
Court Street United Methodist Church
Rockford Rescue Mission's Women's Crisis Center
Remedies, Early Childhood Development Programs
Junior League of Rockford