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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 08:14

Christian Care, a faith-based not-for-profit organization in Rock Island, has provided food and shelter to record numbers of men, women, and children this year. So far in 2009, Christian Care has served 32,377 meals to residents and the community and provided 6,177 nights of lodging, a 30-percent increase from last year. Because of limited capacity, there is a waiting list at the Domestic Violence Shelter, putting women and children at risk while they remain in dangerous situations. Christian Care has two facilities, the Domestic Violence Shelter for abused women and children and a Rescue Mission for homeless men, where it also has a community meal site. For more information, contact Margaret Babbitt at (309)786-5734 or visit

The Coats for Kids Program is seeking donations of cash or coats for needy students in area public and private schools. The Dr. David E. Lane Memorial "Coats for Kids" program, housed at the Mississippi Bend AEA, has provided more than 12,000 coats over the past six winters. Donations of winter coats (new or used) may be taken to any Burke Cleaners location in the Iowa Quad Cities. The greatest need is for coats in children's sizes 6 through 12. Cash donations may be made to the Coats for Kids Program, c/o Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 21st St., Bettendorf IA 52722. For more information, contact Pat Kirkland at (563)344-6403.

Trinity's cancer program has received full accreditation with commendations from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Trinity has held this seal of approval continuously since 1979. Trinity is the largest provider of inpatient oncology services in the service area of Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Whiteside counties in Illinois. For more information about the Trinity cancer program, call (309)779-5090.

The American Public Transportation Association has named Metro, the mass-transit system of the Illinois Quad Cities, a first-place winner in the 30th Annual AdWheel Awards competition. Metro's winning materials were created in conjunction with Nehlsen Communications, a marketing and public-relations firm based in Moline. To find out more about Metro, visit or

The City of Davenport, through a partnership with Eastern Iowa Community College District, is offering specialized training for neighborhood leaders to effectively network with each other, communicate with government, and support families and children in the community. Fall and winter classes are scheduled, and scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information, call (563)326-7765

A coalition of government and community agencies is presenting a free series of foreclosure-prevention workshops. Rock Island Economic Growth, the City of Moline Community Development Office, Project NOW Community Action Agency, and QC DollarWise have created a common curriculum and materials to help homeowners resolve mortgage issues and avoid foreclosure "rescue" scams. Materials and other resources from the workshops are available on the QC DollarWise Web site ( via the "Help for Homeowners" link. To sign up for the workshops, call Rock Island Economic Growth at (309)788-6311, Project NOW at (309)793-6391 extension 148, or the City of Moline at (309)736-5732 or (309)797-0724.

The Annual Fall Flea Market, Antique, & Collectible Show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds (1212 East Quarry Street in Maquoketa, Iowa). The show features more than 150 exhibitors inside and outside the Pearson Center Civic Center. Admission is $2, and parking is free. For more information, call (319)462-0135.

APAC Customer Services has celebrated the expansion of its Davenport customer-interaction center with a ribbon-cutting co-hosted by DavenportOne. APAC will be hiring an additional 300 customer-care agents and support professionals within the next several weeks. To apply for a position, visit

The board of directors of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids voted last week to build a new exhibition center and library in Czech Village. The museum will pursue a development agreement with the City of Cedar Rapids for the property adjacent to its flood-damaged building. The design process for the new exhibition center and library is expected to begin this fall, with construction scheduled for completion in 2012. For more information, call (319)447-5541 or visit

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