MotherHouse Crisis Nursery in Rockford receiving a check for $16,250 from the leaders of the group CyclingforKids this afternoon.
MotherHouse is part of a statewide social welfare agency called Children’s Home + Aid, which serves around 40,000 children and families annually. Children’s Home + Aid has two crisis nurseries: One here in Rockford, and one in Bloomington. The nurseries are meant to provide a safe place for children when their family is going through hard times.
With the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield, officials with the nursery say the money they received today is vital to their ability to continue serving families.
CyclingforKids is comprised of only 38 cyclists — who raise money for various organizations during their many 3-day cycling events.
Lynette Garrett, one of the founders of CyclingforKids, says it’s a cause that’s dear to her heart, and with so many cuts to social services, she wants to help in any way she can.
“I’m very passionate about (it). Nobody should have to go to work and try to keep their own doors open. And that’s what the people who work for these advocacy centers have to do. Every day. It’s about: ‘Are my doors going to be kept open?’,” said Garrett.