Rockford MELD is pleased to have been awarded a grant for $3,898 from the William and Catherine McCoy Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illiniois. With the grant funds we will be able to equip our MELD at Trinity House Homeless Shelter and our Transitional Living residence with portable external defibrillators for use in emergencies and for training on their use. “Having defibrillators at our facilities, will improve response to the situations and staff and residents will be better prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency”, says Karen Tilly.

Rockford MELD’s provides programs for young parents and their families including our MELD at Trinity House Emergency Homeless Shelter, Transitional Living Programs, our MELD Young Moms and Dads Parenting Support Groups, Homeless Prevention Rapid Re-Housing Program and our Education and Employment Assistance Program. Our mission is “guiding young parents to build a strong family and lead a responsible life by providing shelter, education and life skills.”

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grown and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois. Since 2000, CFNIL has granted more than $46 million for charitable purposes.

We want to thank CFNIL and the William and Catherine McCoy Fund for their support to MELD.


Executive Director: Vikki Noe-Eltvedt
MELD Board President: Bruce Vorel