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The Rev. Lou Ness

Lou Ness has been working in service to people for decades. She has headed church-based programs in Rockford and served as Director of the Rockford Police Chaplains Program.  She was an early pioneer in the domestic violence community. 

A strong advocate for people who live at the margins, Lou has transferred her passion as a community activist to adults with serious mental illness who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness and families who are homeless. 

Lou completed a 935.5 mile march from Rockford, Illinois, to Washington, DC, to call attention to poverty. The march began April 1, 2014, and was completed 81 days later.

Lou is an Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church and holds a Master’s Degree in Mediation from the Graduate Theological Foundation.