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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

These local ministries often need volunteers. Please contact joshp@firstfreerockford.org for information about serving opportunities.

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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Extending our reach

Extending our reach

Reach Rockford points our church family to a wide variety of opportunities to serve our community with the love of Christ.

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Touched by an Angel Tree

Touched by an Angel Tree

First Free Rockford families have long taken part in the Angel Tree program. This Christmas season, Lisa Parrish got an unexpected glimpse of its impact.

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Josh Pardee and Erin Blume
Taffy Grahm
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