Friday, March 2, 2018

Exciting News About the Future of Laundry Love!

We have been hinting for a couple of weeks and are now ready to make an official announcement. We have been abundantly blessed in the last (almost) 2 years since assuming responsibility for Laundry Love. The generosity shown by local congregations, organizations and individuals has been overwhelming. Since July 2016 Laundry Love has raised almost $10,000 and served about 900 people. We had reached a crossroads where, to continue to grow and serve, we needed to seek a partner. As of March 1st, Laundry Love Rockford is officially an outreach of Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries. Bob and Dave will continue to have primary responsibility for fundraising and administration of the program. This partnership provides us with financial oversight and accountability, access to liability insurance, the official designation as being a 501c(3) organization and MANY other advantages. We took this step carefully and prayerfully and could not be happier with our new partners and friends at RALM! There may be some changes in procedures or how we receive donations and we will keep you informed as they happen. It has been our privilege to lead this program and we hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

While we work out details on banking and other administrative procedures with the leadership at RALM we will temporarily be unable to accept donations online.  We are working hard and will have this feature restored as quickly as possible.  In the mean time if you wish to donate (and we hope you do!) please contact one of the Program Coordinators, Bob or Dave.  Their phone and email contact information is listed on the right of this page, towards the bottom.

We will be hosting a "re-launch" party for Laundry Love as a RALM Ministry on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd from 3 to 5pm at Katies Cup in Rockford at 502 7th Street. Click here for a map or directions to Katie's Cup.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Program Requirements

The Laundry Love Program provides free laundry services to the needy on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Charles Street Laundromat (2125 Charles St.).  Clean laundry is one of our most basic needs.  Unwashed clothes and bedding can harbor diseases or parasites.  Children attending school without clean clothes are often teased or stigmatized.  Laundry Love exists to help alleviate the strain that poor health and hygiene places on the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Q: Who can bring laundry to wash?
A: The program is open to anyone who can demonstrate need by presenting their LINK Card or Medicaid Card and another form of ID.  Individuals who present as homeless can do laundry on their 1st visit but will need to present a referral from a social service agency or other information on subsequent visits.  Local pastors and social service agencies may contact one of the program coordinators to provide referrals for people with special circumstances or who lack documentation.

Q: When is laundry night?
A: Laundry night is the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm.  Registration starts at 5:30pm.  Due to time restrictions and the capacity of the laundromat we are able to accept the first 24 clients or until 7pm (whichever comes first).

Q: Where is Laundry Love?
A: Laundry nights are held at Charles Street Laundromat (2125 Charles St.). The laundromat is easily accessible by public transportation on the RMTD Charles St. #12 route. 

Q: How much laundry can they do?
A: 3 medium-sized loads (approximately 18lbs. each) for an individual or 5 medium-sized loads for a family.  (Example: A large laundry basket, mounded full is usually 2 loads.) Detergent and supplies are provided.