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Rock House Kids & State Rep. Maurice West Announce $250,000 Grant

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Rock House Kids and State Rep. Maurice announced a grant obtained by Rock House Kids that completes their capital campaign.


Rock House Kids, a safe haven for inner-city kids ages 6-18, is the recipient of a generous $250,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. State Representative Maurice West was key in helping to secure these funds.


Rock House Kids Executive Director, Dee Lacny stated, “Rock House Kids is excited to announce that we have met our fundraising goal and will move forward with our building expansion. After three years of raising funds for our capital campaign and then revising our goal due to a steep rise in inflation, this grant provides the rest of the funding we needed. We anticipate this added space will allow us to have both our teens and grade school kids be able to come four evenings a week instead of every other night like they do now. That means more evenings when they are safe, off the streets; more hot meals, more time for our mentors to pour into their lives.”


Rock House Kids provides free evening programming, mentoring, hot meals, take-home food bags, and daily essentials to more than 250 inner-city youth of Rockford, four evenings a week.  They launched a capital campaign in 2020 to expand their facility and in return their impact on the community they serve.  This grant coupled with donations from the generous corporations, churches, and individuals in the Rockford area has helped them reach this goal.


“Rock House Kids has been a safe haven where kids in our community have had their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met for more than 2 decades,” said West.  “I am so excited to have been able to secure $250,000 for Rock House Kids’ expansion as they seek to double their capacity for serving children in our community.  Organizations like Rock House Kids uplift our neighborhoods by providing safe and productive opportunities for young people and meeting their needs on a daily basis.”


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