Members of the Apostolic Pentecostals Church are doing their part to shelter the homeless in Rockford. Each night, they pick up homeless people from the Winnebago County Justice Center and drive them to their church for overnight service.
The church operated unofficially as a warming center until 2014, when they were forced to cease operation for lack of compliance with certain City codes. Now they found a way to re-open as a “winter revival center.”
Pastor David Frederick explains the new program as, “We have some religious [services] going on all night long. [We have] prayer, bible reading, religious DVD’s. So, by being an all night service, we’re able to just be open for people to come in, and get out of the cold.”
The service runs every night from 8:00pm until 6:00am. Homeless parishioners receive a hot meal, and cots to sleep on.
The recent cold snap is keeping the church busy. Frederick says they have to make multiple trips to the Justice Center to pack people in their white van, helping with overflow during the cold winter. The Justice Center also serves as a warming center.
He adds, “I think it’s a wonderful thing. I know, if I was cold, I’d like somebody to come let me in.”
Carpenter’s Place in Rockford is also looking for donations of new, or slightly used, boots. They are stocked with jackets, hoodies, and socks, but their boxes for boots are empty.
Carpenter’s Place Executive Director Kay Larrick says, “The guests come in and they really have cold feet. You know, a pair of gym shoes that would’ve been fine when temperatures weren’t this bad, but they’re really not adequate for safety reasons.”
Donations for boots can be made at Alpine Bank in Rockford at 700 N Alpine Rd #1, Rockford, IL.
Donations for Apostolic Pentecostals can be made at their church at 840 Mattis Ave., Rockford, Illinois 61109.