United Way of Rock River Valley addresses low-income neighborhoods by developing resources to improve the social and economic opportunities of its residents. By focusing resources on particular neighborhoods, the impact of creating lasting change on the whole community is greater. In collaboration with local organizations, United Way is working to establish multiple neighborhood resource centers throughout the Rock River Valley area in the future.


Program Reach:

Act as a hub for a variety of service providers to work together to enhance the quality of life for all community stakeholders;

Provide opportunities for community residents to serve as volunteers in community agencies.




Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center

Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center serves the residents within the Ellis Heights Weed & Seed area, located on Rockford's west-side, by providing a variety of community services from faith-based and community partners. Located in the lower level of Banner of Truth International Church, residents access services and resources that help enhance their the quality of life. Programs include community gardens, culinary arts, employment services, financial literacy courses, life skills training, and parent education classes.




Alignment Rockford, Banner of Truth International Ministries, City of Rockford, Engage, Ezekiel’s Bread, Family Credit Management, Five Neighborhood Groups, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, Greater Rockford Reentry Coalition, Head Start, Juvenile Probation Department, La Voz Latina, Literacy Council, MELD, Northwest Community Center, Rock Valley College Learning and Opportunities, Rockford Health Council, Rockford Public Schools District #205, Safe Families, Strengthening Families Illinois, The Workforce Connection, United Way of Rock River Valley, YWCA of the Rock River Valley


Resource: Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center Brochure (PDF)


Family Advocacy Center

The Family Advocacy Center provides advocacy and support to parents outside of the formal child welfare system.  The main goals of the Family Advocacy Center are to reunite families in care as soon as possible and to prevent families from coming in to care. The program intends to assist families that are at risk or dealing with a crisis and services can provide help and support to families that are struggling to meet the needs of their children. The Family Advocacy Center also provides immigration services along with parenting classes in both Spanish and English.   


The Family Advocacy Center will:


provide support to parents outside of the formal child welfare system while helping families in care reunite as soon as possible;

work towards preventing families from coming into care;

offer parent services, domestic violence counseling, support groups/leadership workshops, etc.



Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center, La Voz Latina

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