On Sunday, July 10 we held our annual Party in the Park. Our new collaboration with the Coronado Haskell Neighborhood Association added a new level of excitement to the event. This year the Rockford Police Canine Unit, the Fire Department’s Safety House, the Rockford Park District, and the Discovery Center provided activities for the party. Thanks to the Arts Place performers, the Children’s Theater Project, Jim Crow and the Court Street Puppeteers, and Sounds of Good News for providing their talents. A variety of vendors also provided valuable information to our neighbors. Watch for information about a summer party next year.
Our Loaded Brush Luminaries event was held on March 10th at the Rockford Woman’s Club and it was fabulous. The food provided by The Wild Rhubarb was outstanding. The staff of Studio 317 Studio and Gallery created beautiful pictures showcasing some of the gems in our neighborhood. The luminaries “outdid and outbid” themselves as they painted, laughed, and entertained all in attendance. Our goal was to raise $5,000 to use for home rehabilitation efforts in our neighborhood, primarily through our partnership with Rockford Work Camps. We exceeded that goal and are excited for this warmer weather so we can start to see those dollars at work in the neighborhood. Thanks again to all who attended and we hope to see you next year!
Please plan to join Jeremiah Development, the Coronado-Haskell Neighborhood Association, and your neighbors from 9-12 on Saturday, April 30. We will plan to meet in the parking lot at Stepping Stones to pick up tools and determine what area of the neighborhood each group will clean. Many hands will make light work and will make our neighborhood shine. Hope to see you there!
Meet our new Board Members
We are thrilled to welcome six new board members to work alongside our current board members as well as all of you to improve our neighborhood.
Greg Cox, Member at Emmanuel Episcopal and Lawyer, Hinshaw Law
Charmaine Logwood, JD Resident and employed by the Jubilee Center
Joan Tunnell, Member at Court Street United Methodist and Literacy Consultant with Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education
Dee Valentino, JD Resident and Mortgage Originator, Northwest Bank of Rockford
Joyce Williams, Employed by Shelter Care
Cass Wolfenberger,Senior Vice President – Mortgage Banking, Alpine Bank
Each of them brings a unique skill set and perspective to our efforts. Most importantly they are excited about our neighborhood.
Representatives from Transform Rockford will be coming to Second First Church on Wednesday nights beginning on February 17th. Several representatives will speak and those in attendance will have a chance to ask questions of the presenters and hear where Transform Rockford is at in the process of changing Rockford into a Top 25 City by 2025. For a complete list of speakers and additional information, please follow this link. Transform Rockford and Faith Communities
We thank one of our 2016 luminaries, Georgette Braun for sharing the story about our neighborhood, our work, and our fundraiser to be held on March 10th, 2016. Please click on the link to read the article and hear Executive Director, Kathleen Ferrero talk about the event.
The Annual Meeting for Jeremiah Development will be held on Thursday, February 11th, 2016. The meeting will be held at Second First Church which is located at 318 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61101. The meeting will begin at 5:30. During the meeting our Annual Report will be presented as well as the election of new board members.
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