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Churches United Appeal Honors Grandparents, Dedicated to Hunger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:17

Greetings to friends and family of Churches United. Our board of directors just completed a strategic planning process setting goals and objectives through 2017. We are very excited about the outcomes of this process and will be sharing those with all of you in the near future.

As summer slowly comes to a close, I wanted to share with you some information as it relates to our hunger ministries. Churches United operates 25 food pantries with the devotion, passion and commitment of over 400 volunteers. Our three meal sites provide hot meals prepared by over 92 faith groups. All of you, with your support, truly are making an impact into the lives of many and for that we thank you.

One group of folks who are utilizing our pantries more frequently are those that are caring for their grandchildren. In a recent survey conducted by Churches United, we found that nearly 33% of those needing to use a food pantry are individuals caring for their grandchildren in some way. Also, due to the increase of families utilizing other resources to meet their food needs, our numbers of also increased.

Our Summer appeal this year is specifically for hunger. We have the opportunity to receive $10,000 from 2 foundations in the area. $5,000 for Scott County and $5,000 for Rock Island County providing we can raise $5,000 as well from donors on each side of the river.

Due to the increase of our populations beings served we are providing a different way of giving and supporting our hunger ministries for our summer appeal Think about a special adult, teacher, pastor – someone who was your mentor or your “grandparent” so to speak that made an impact in your life. You have the opportunity to honor them with a donation to Churches United’s hunger ministry. In return we will send that individual or their family member a certificate that they can put up on their refrigerator like so many grandparents do, in appreciation for their influence in your life.

Thanks again for all community support. We strive to provide our services with dignity, respect and faith. If you choose to participate in this summer appeal which runs through September 30th you will find enclosed a return envelope. If you choose to participate in honoring a “grandparent” simply complete the form below and place with your donation in the envelope or email Churches United with the appropriate information to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Grandparent or significant adult____________________________________________



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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 08:41

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $1,500.00 grant from The Rauch Family Foundation, in support of its food pantries in the Illinois portion of the Quad City Area.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. As well as Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women (with or without children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence, Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


Quad City Parrot Head Club Supports Local Shelter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 07:56

Rock Island, IL – The Quad City Parrot Head Club has provided Christian Care with a $4,100 grant from its June annual golf outing. Funds will help provide direct therapy to children—our silent victims—during their stay at Christian Care.

“Children who arrive with their mothers at our domestic violence shelter have been traumatized by what they have seen and experienced,” said Dr. Elaine Winter, Christian Care’s chief executive officer. “This grant through the Quad City Parrot Head Club will allow Christian Care to continue to provide the services that help our children begin to heal and overcome the childhood scars that come with physical, emotional, and mental abuse, and help them feel safe and secure again. Our warmest thanks go out to all the golfers and volunteers who made this generous gift possible.”

T.J. Griffiths, one of the event’s co-chairs, along with Sue Wesselmann, was also thrilled with the club’s generosity. “Even though we were a little late getting our annual golf outing organized this year, we still pulled off an amazing day at Saukie Golf Course,” said Griffiths.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Its two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Its services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care crisis hotline any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.

The Quad City Parrot Head Club was sanctioned in Dec. 2003, and is one of 239 member clubs in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The Parrot Heal Club is a collection of people of all ages and backgrounds who embrace the music of Jimmy Buffett and the lifestyle he writes about so others may benefit. Club members also believe in leaving things just a little better than they found them, while holding fast to their motto, “partying with a purpose.”

Camp Courageous Train Engineer Passes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:54
In 2007, Tom & Nan Riley of Marion, IA donated a train to Camp Courageous.  It included the engine car, a flatbed car, and caboose.  Gerry Rohr, of Monticello, Iowa was quick to volunteer his services to make this dream come true for the nearly 7,000 campers with special needs that come to Camp Courageous each year.   Gerry took full responsibility for the laying of the track, switches, and the train itself.
Gerry Rohr quickly determined the existing train engine was not large enough to pull the many campers that would travel through the woods at one time.  So he ordered a large diesel engine, pulled the old engine out, and put the new one in.  “Gerry was a genius…he could fix or repair anything,” according to Charlie Becker, the camp’s director and long time friend of Gerry Rohr.  The new engine was just what was needed, as two new passenger cars were designed and added in the next few years.
Along with everything affiliated with the train, Gerry oversaw the camp’s three large generators that power the camp during a power outage and he assisted the maintenance staff with hundreds of projects over the years.  “Gerry was always there to help Camp Courageous, at any hour of any day,” said Charlie. “Gerry was at that stage of life that he was imparting lots of knowledge to James Kurth, the camp’s Maintenance Director,” said Charlie, “they had a wonderful relationship.”

Gerry’s final gift to camp was the expansion of the train to Lake Todd, a newly constructed Lake at Camp Courageous. Gerry, along with several hard-working volunteers, spent the past spring and summer laying the track. All that remained to be done was a little balancing of the track before campers would have the opportunity for a new and longer train ride. Unfortunately, due to Gerry’s death of an apparent heart attack, he was not able to take that inaugural ride.

“Gerry brought an incredible amount of joy and happiness into the lives of thousands of campers with special needs.  The train ride was a highlight of their stay at camp.  Gerry leaves a huge void at Camp Courageous, but his legacy lives on with every train ride,” said Charlie.

Celebrating the Beginning of the 25th Year of Helping Single Parent Families Move from Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:29

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is starting its 25th year of service to the Quad Cities with a New Orleans style Jazz Brunch at Crow Valley Golf Club on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 11am to 2pm. Sarah Marie Young, a Chicago vocalist, will once again be the featured entertainer with her smooth, easy listening, jazz stylings. To learn more about this fabulous singer with a unique voice, check out her website at www.sarahmarieyoung.

In addition to the fabulous food and wonderful music this event will also include the following silent auction items:

  • Enjoy a uniquely private lunch for 6 – 7 with Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, President of St. Ambrose University, served at the Rogalski Center.

  • Private, after hours tour for 10 at the Mississippi River Distilling Co. and your choice of appetizers provided by Steventon’s. Celebrate by sampling spirits made with locally grown ingredients while touring the facilities.

  • A cooking class and dinner for 8 – 10 guests with James Steffen, Executive Chef, Crow Valley Golf Club.

  • Two Packers’ tickets with private plane transportation.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) has provided supportive housing for 780 single parents and their 1543 children during these past 24 years. These families were homeless at the time they entered the program. HMHI provides single parents with the tools and support to complete degrees, find jobs and move into their own homes. Children learn there is a different way to live; some have become the first in their family to complete high school and go on to college. The need is great, with nearly 400 applications a year; however, HMHI has space and staff to provide services to only 47 of these families at any one time.

Please join us in our celebration and support this valuable community asset.

For more information, please contact our office at 563-326-1330.

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