Carpenter's Place offers hope to the homeless

Can they count on your help to rebuild their lives?

An estimated 3,000 individuals are homeless in the Rockford area. Carpenter’s Place is creating a display of 3,000 pairs of shoes to demonstrate the enormity of the problem and to raise funds to address it.

Carpenter’s Place is seeking sponsorships for each person the shoes represent. Funds raised will support the life-changing services provided at the agency:

300 homeless individuals obtain stabilized housing yearly through CP case management;

200 homeless adults obtain full-time employment annually through CP case management;

safe and positive daytime environment to provide basic life-changing services to rebuild lives;

case managers assess 14 areas of life and develop personalized “Life Recovery Plans”;

advocacy into community resources for addictions, mental health, housing, jobs and more;

help the homeless become healthy and positive, taxpaying contributors in our community.

Developed in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, the CP model has been proven to be effective. Will you sponsor one or more homeless people in Rockford? Go and view the display. Learn more about The Carpenter’s Place and enjoy refreshments. The display will be available at Lutheran High School, 3411 N. Alpine Rd., starting Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. and ending Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to join in a prayer service at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in conjunction with Rockford Renewal, Greater Rockford in Prayer and Praise (GRIPP). Participants will join hands on the track around the LHS football field and pray for the 3,000 homeless individuals in our community represented by the shoes.

The Carpenter’s Place is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. In appreciation for each $25 donation, the donor will receive a discount coupon from one of the following shoe stores: Akerman Shoes, Good Feet Your Arch Support Store, Runner’s Image, or Shoe Carnival.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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