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Due to FREEZING temperatures: Look Inside

Rockford is experiencing extreme winter weather with snow, ice, and some of the coldest wind chills on record. SecondFirst Church has recognized a tremendous need in our community for safe and warm overnight accommodations. In an effort to fill this need they have established the Rockford Overnight Cafe. This program aims to provide a warm, well-lit and fully-supervised gym with tables and chairs, movies and cards, coffee and hot chocolate. While they recognize this isn’t the ideal place to spend a night, it is a suitable option if the heat goes out or the fuel burns up, or if you have no shelter from the elements. No matter who you are or what circumstances led you to needing a warm place to spend the night, you are welcome at 318 N Church Street Rockford, IL 61103!

Monday 1/28/2019: 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday 1/29/2019: 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Wednesday 1/30/2019: 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Thursday 1/31/2019: 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
You can even bring a furry friend (we have accommodations for pets and folks with pet allergies).  Because no one should die in the cold in this great city.
Want to support their efforts?  Click here to give! Monetary donations are all we can accept at this point. It is their hope to continue this great effort.


In the event of a severe weather crisis, more sites may be opened as needed. A comprehensive list may obtained by calling the 2-1-1 resource line or texting the keyword COLD to 51555.

Officials say to call Community Action Agency at 844-710-6919 for assistance:

  • If you are without heat because your utilities are shut off
  • If you are a homeowner with a non-working furnace
  • If you are homeowner interested in weatherization improvements to make
    your home more energy and cost efficient
  • If you are living on the streets and need shelter.

The Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State Rockford
Women’s Crisis Center (Women and Children Only)
Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Crisis Center
Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St. Pecatonica
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Salvation Army
422 S. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Friday, 9-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.

Belvidere Public Safety Building:
615 N. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Family Community Resource Center
171 Executive Parkway Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., (Closed on state and federal holidays)

Belvidere Oasis/Illinois Tollway
East of Belvidere Toll Plaza on I-90
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

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