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$15,000 Grant Split Between Miss Carly's And Carpenter's Place

Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco
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Money is on the way to two Rockford homeless assistance shelters.


The Rock Valley Credit Union split a $15,000 dollar grant between Miss Carly’s and Carpenter’s Place. Carly Rice, the founder of Miss Carly’s, said the funds will go a long way. 


"That is that's a lot of people to feed," she said. "Yeah. I mean, we're between 800 and 1000 people a day. So this was a huge help."

The Rock Valley Credit Union was recently approved for a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. The grant is aimed at supporting relief efforts for organizations hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.


This all comes a little over a week since the City of Rockford informed staff at Miss Carly’s that the facility faces closure if they don’t comply with some zoning regulations. Rice said she’s confident she can get it all worked out. 


  • Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project which is a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms.