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People Who Care Records (Rockford) 1969-2007

People Who Care was established March 19, 1989 by a group of concerned citizens and parents led by Ed Wells and Larry Curtin.  They opposed Rockford School District #205's January 1989 plan “Together Toward a Brighter Tomorrow” which sought to reduce costs for the school district by closing ten schools and restructuring others.  People Who Care’s two biggest concerns were

Rockford Urban Ministries Records 1962+

The Rockford Urban Ministries is a program developed by the Rockford District of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1962 to meet pressing social problems of people living within the city which were not being met by any other institutional structures at that time. Through the efforts of the District Superintendent, Merlyn Northwest, and concerned Methodists