CONTACT of Rockford will shut down its phone lines after more than 36 years of answering calls for help from those in need across the stateline area.
A loss of funding has forced CONTACT of Rockford to close effective April 6, 2007, according to CONTACT Board President Jim Persson.
It is with deep regret that our board was forced to make this decision, Persson said.
Past President Dr. Karen Farnsworth said its a tragedy the community is losing CONTACT.
The community needs CONTACT more than ever because the world has become a scarier place in which to live. This fact is evidenced by the increasing number of calls for help over the past few years, which totaled 12,000 in 2003 and climbed to a record high of 21,000 in 2006.
In addition, Rockfords suicide rate has exceeded the national average, which also is growing. Our youth, ages 15-24, are among those at highest risk. Individuals in that age group attempting or committing suicide is reaching epidemic proportions, she said.
Many will suffer because of CONTACTs demise.
People feeling alone, afraid, threatened and confused will pick up the phoneonly to find another closed door. Community agencies will also lose an important link in their ability to reach out to others, as CONTACTs blended center also functioned as the top information and referral source for a variety of area programs and agencies.
On behalf of the many faithful volunteers, Dr. Farnsworth extends a fond farewell and God bless to those who have been served.
For more information, call 815-636-5001.
from the April 4-10, 2007, issue