Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The new normal...for now

While we are unable to hold our Open Laundry Night, you can still get an appointment to do laundry in a less crowded, safe environment where we can follow social distancing protocols.  The City of Rockford Human Services Department is taking appointments for laundry times available each Monday afternoon between noon and 3pm.  You can reach them at 779-348-7575 during business hours.  

We miss each and every person that we have come to know during the 4 years we have been serving the community.  We miss the opportunities to get to know all the new people who come to see us.  This is hard.  In our time serving we have seen people move from homelessness to stable housing.  We have watched people move from addiction to sobriety.  We have seen new families form when fostering becomes adoption.  We have been blessed meeting every person that comes in the door and not seeing them at Laundry Love is hard.  Very hard.  I know I keep saying that.

We are trying to find ways to serve during the stay-at-home order and we are washing everything that falls into out hands that we are asked to wash, including 150 handmade and donated face masks for the Salvation Army Emergency Operations Center.  Keep us in minds when needs arise.  Laundry Love is a calling of our faith and we will serve where and how we are called.

Bob and Dave
Laundry Love Rockford Founders

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Make A Donation

The link above will take you to our secure donation site.  Choose 'Laundry Love' from the drop-down list and complete the rest of the form.  Donations to Laundry Love Rockford are kept in designated funds and used only for that program.

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.