Many of the words in the Christmas tree reflect what MELD and the holidays are all about! Moms, dads, children and families coming together for guidance and support. MELD is here to provide housing and shelter, parenting education and like skills.

Thanks to our dedicated staff and your generosity, countless young families have received the necessary support to achieve a life they may have only dreamed of. Hopelessness and despair replaced with the joy, gratitude, peace and confidence to lead responsible rewarding lives.

While successes have been many over the years, there is much more to be done. We want to bring the gift of hope to as many of those in need that we possibly can. With this in mind, in January 2017, MELD will be merging with Youth Services Network, an agency MELD has partnered with since our homeless shelter opened in 1989.  Their mission to develop, provide and coordinate services that improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of youth blends well with MELD’s purpose and mission. By “MELDing” our two agencies together, all of the programs of both will be enhanced and expanded. It’s a synergistic WIN-WIN for all concerned!

We are very grateful for your faithful and heartfelt support to MELD in the past. As we begin this new chapter in the MELD story, please know that your continued commitment to our blended mission is much needed and greatly appreciated. You can be assured that 100% of your donations will be directed to the continuity and strengthening of MELD programs for many young families. Please support us as MELD and Youth Services Network come together for the combined purpose–to provide quality programs and services to youth and families in our community.

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From the Board of Directors, Staff, and Families at MELD, we wish you a warm and bright Holiday Season.

Bruce Vorel

Bruce Vorel, Board President
Rockford MELD