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Reach Rockford

Connecting our ministries and partnerships

About Reach Rockford

“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”  —Jeremiah 29:7

Reach Rockford oversees local ministries and partnerships that address our region’s spiritual, social and material needs. This has included everything from helping the community engage with COVID-19 resources to hosting a community forum on fighting human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

We also administer First Free’s Jeremiah Fund, which offers “no strings attached” grants to inspire our congregation to pursue the welfare of the Rockford area through the work of local nonprofit organizations.

Here are the local ministries currently supported by
Reach Rockford:

Carpenter’s Place

Habitat Humanity

Haven Network

Hope 2 Turn

Rockford Area Pregnancy Care Center

Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry

Rockford Youth for Christ

Strong Neighborhoods

How can I help?

These local organizations frequently need volunteers. Click the links above to learn more about the current volunteer needs of these organizations. You might also consider volunteering on the Reach Rockford team! As a volunteer with Reach Rockford, you will help…
  • Participate in monthly team meetings
  • Connect with local ministries and partners and updating the church
  • Organize and run quarterly church-wide drives
  • Participate in Big Day of Serving
Contact Pastor Josh at to learn more.

Community Stories

‘We are for these women.’

‘We are for these women.’

We spoke with the director of Rockford’s Pregnancy Care Center about its long partnership with First Free and how the local church can support women and children today.

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Local food bank faces challenges

Local food bank faces challenges

Inflation and food-supply issues hit hardest among our community’s poor and needy. We have a chance to help through one of our Jeremiah Fund grant recipients, the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

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Josh Pardee and Erin Blume
Taffy Grahm
Men at Starting Point