Since 1984 Shelter Care Ministries has provided temporary housing, counseling, and advocacy for the homeless population of Rockford, through 5 different programs. Our Emergency Housing Program serves homeless families that present to us with many complex issues such as addictions, mental illness, abusive relationships, insufficient or mismanaged income, and poor life skills. Our goals are to provide these families with housing for up to 6 months while developing weekly goals in employment, education, child services, and any other issue that prevent our consumers from transitioning to a more stable lifestyle. Our Transitional Housing Program operates as an extension of the emergency program. Housing is provided for up to 2 years where families with long term needs can continue to work on goals they have set in the emergency program. The Jubilee Center Program offers a safe, secure, social environment 6 days a week for adults living with mental illness through a psychosocial pro-consumerism environment. Again, case management is utilized to provide linkage and advocacy to needed services such as employment, housing, mental health, and substance abuse. MAYAS House (Mothers and Youth Attaining Stability)is a daytime drop-in center for homeless families, providing daycare, education, and food for the children while the parents can attend classes, job interviews, etc. Our final program is our Saturday soup kitchen where we offer meals to those in need. All of these programs except for the soup kitchen are the only ones in existence in the Rockford area, supporting a population of 150,000.