“Rockford MELD is pleased to have been awarded grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for 2 projects. The projects were funded by a grant from the Schneider Electric Buildings, LLC – Howard D. Colman Memorial Fund for $3,410 for sottware and textbooks for the MELD GED Study Project and a grant from the Armer F. Ahlstrand Fund for $6,800 for new doors at the MELD at Trinity House Homeless Shelter.

The MELD at Trinity House Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter for 8 homeless young parents and their children. This past year MELD housed, fed, clothed and provided case management and support to 46 homeless mothers and 32 homeless children in the MELD Homeless Shelter. 80 young women, while residing in our Homeless Shelter or our Transitional Living Programs, received or completed tutoring, educational assistance, vocational training, their GED or High School Diploma and/or attended local colleges.

Rockford MELD was founded in 1981. Rockford MELD’s mission is “guiding young parents to build a strong family and lead a responsible life by providing shelter, education and life skills training.” MELD programs and services include: MELD Young Moms and Dads Parenting and Support Groups, MELD Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living, MELD Education and Employment Program, Homeless Prevention/Rapid Re-Housing Program and Prevention Education for young families.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Celebrating 60 years of philanthropy, the Foundation’s mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois.