How Shelter Care Came Into Existence
♦ Emmanuel Episcopal Church began to realize the plight of men with mental illness wandering the streets of Rockford.
♦ Father James Cardone becomes the Rector at Emmanuel
♦ Emmanuel Soup Kitchen is started.
♦ Recession impact increases homelessness
♦ Emmanuel Parishioners are trained to help at the Open Doors Mission
♦ Family homelessness increases significantly
♦ Shelter Care Ministries is incorporated on July 22nd.
♦ Shelter Care receives first grant from Public Aid for a six month pilot program with the Open Doors Mission for $24,000
♦ Rev. Robert Hensley becomes program Coordinator
♦ Shelter Care receives Jubilee designation by the National Episcopal Church
♦ Shelter ends relationship with The Open Doors Mission
♦ Jan Wanninger hired as part-time program coordinator
♦ Shelter Care becomes funded through Emmanuel Episcopal Charities
♦ Stewart McKinney Homeless Assistance Act passes creating 15 funded programs to serve individuals who are homeless and creates definitions for homelessness. Families are not included in the Act.
♦ Jubilee Center opens on Sundays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
♦ Rev. Cardone leaves
♦ Jubilee center extends hours; opens five days a week
♦ First Spring Luncheon
♦ Family Programing begins
♦ Rockford Affordable Housing Coalition formed
♦ Robert Parker hired as the Director of Jubilee Center
♦ Pilot Program for transitional housing through Illinois Department of Public Aid
♦ HUD funding for transitional housing
♦ First Harvest Fest
♦ Welfare Reform law is signed into Law
♦ 6 emergency units/4 transitional units
♦ State removes people who abuse substance from SSI benefits
♦ Children with disabilities are removed from SSI
♦ The network that supports people who are marginalized now puts them at greater risk of harm.
♦ Dorothy Harrison Retires after 11 years as Shelter Care Secretary
Between 1999 and 2010
♦ Shelter Care sustained the organization through the early years of the recession and continued to provide the steady dependable programing that served members and residents.
♦ Awarded Permanent Supportive Housing Program through HUD, for 6 additional families where one adult has a disability.
♦ Receives the new application funding through the Continuum of Care to serve 10 additional Veteran Families.
♦ Develops the Advisory Team, comprised of local leaders to provide direction for Shelter Care’s vision to expand housing by 26 units.
♦ Contracts with MedMan Creative to develop branding for a new vision, mission and web site.