Coralee Hardwick wins RUM Award

Coralee Hardwick, president of the Rockford Urban Ministries Council, received the Bob Holland Award from Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM). The award, named after former lay leader Robert “Bob” Holland, honors those who made a significant contribution to the work of urban ministries in Rockford.

Under Hardwick’s tutelage, RUM’s projects have grown. The Rockford Work Camps received a special grant from Human Resources Department of the City of Rockford to help with repairs in 10 homes. JustGoods fair trade store has grown successful, and will be able to pay off all its debts this year. RUM will celebrate its 50th year as a project of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Michelle Ryan, director of RUM’s Work Camps, announced the award at RUM’s annual meeting. “Ms. Hardwick was successful in advocating directly with the City of Rockford for funds to help people get materials to fix their homes,” said Ryan.

Stanley Campbell, RUM executive director, said: “Coralee Hardwick has gone beyond the call of duty, assisting Rockford Urban Ministries during some trying times, and she has been a godsend for me, personally. Her steadfastness and commitment, as well as her coolness under fire, is much appreciated.”

Hardwick has served as RUM’s president since 2009. She is married to retired United Methodist Church pastor Tom Hardwick.

From the July 20-26, 2011 issue

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