Loaded Brush Luminaries Returns!

Jeremiah Development’s fundraiser, Loaded Brush Luminaries returns June 15th .  Please check out our events page for details.  If you already know about this fun event, and are ready to get your ticket, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/loaded-brush-luminaries-2017-tickets-34644226815

Join Us for Love Rockford

Love Rockford is coming this Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  There will be fun activities for youth and adults, and many area service providers will be on hand. 

Children’s Activities Include:

Crafts – Pine Cone Bird Feeders, Paper Crowns, and Foam Crafts

Face Painting

Balloon and Football Toss

Puppet Shows at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30

Storytime at Emmanuel Episcopal – Books to take home

Services Available Include:

Basic Medical Assessments



Bike Repair


Haircuts, Reflexology, and Hand Massage 

Non-Profit and Business Information Booths


K-9 Demonstrations by The Rockford Police Department

Rockford Fire Department


Musical Performances By:

The Council Choraleers

Anna Chylak

Merv Collins

Nic Juric

Matt Flamm


Paul Hieser

Emerald Wind 

Registration begins at 10:00 am at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.  Your are welcome to come anytime between 10:00 – 2:00.  Join us for the day, or a couple of hours – Rain or Shine!







NW HomeStart, Jeremiah Development, Rockford Area Realtors, The Rockford Apartment Association, and Zion Development are joining forces to present a Mayoral Forum focusing on the critical housing and community development issues facing the Rockford area.  Brian Leggero, Ronnie Manns, Tom McNamara, and Dr. Rudy Valdez have committed to attend the event. Please see our events page for more details and to register. 

Jeremiah Development Annual Meeting

Jeremiah Development’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017.  The meeting will be held at Second First Church in the Heritage Room (right by the Church office).  Second First 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.


Jeremiah Development, along with many community partners, is hosting the first LOVE ROCKFORD, on April 29, 2017.  Although Jeremiah Development’s focus is the west-side downtown neighborhood, the decision was made to extend the boundaries to embrace the entire city for this event.  LOVE ROCKFORD will be housed in the center of Rockford at the JD churches of Emmanuel Episcopal, Second First Church, and Court Street UMC, all within a three block area.

The purpose of this event is to link available resources to those in need in the Rockford community. Congregations, businesses, community agencies and volunteers will be working together to reach out to the Rockford community.  Residents will have the opportunity to be linked with counseling and housing services.  Medical volunteers will be present to provide blood pressure checks, as well as hearing and vision tests.  Residents may choose to have a haircut or receive a manicure, while the young may opt for face painting or to engage in other children’s activities.  Hungry stomachs will be met with a free lunch, and a box of food will be available to take home.  Residents will be able to ‘shop’ in the clothing room and bookstore for themselves and their family.  Bicycles will be repaired and live music will engage the crowds.  Also, for those seeking spiritual renewal will have an opportunity to receive prayers and blessings. We anticipate smiles to be everywhere – and all of this will be free to the residents



Garden Clean-Up

Please join Jeremiah Development’s Garden Committee as they “put the garden to bed” for the winter season.  There will projects for everyone, from cutting back plants to building container boxes.  Neighbors and gardeners are welcome on November 5 from 9:00 am – as long as you can stay!  We will meet at the Community Garden on the corner of Court and Park streets.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Party in the Park was a success!

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.

Loaded Brush Luminaries

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!

Great American Clean-Up on April 30.

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!

We are proud to announce our new board members!

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.