Strong Neighborhoods

"If you provide conditions of safety and perceived trust and civility in social and public spaces, people will want to live there, they’ll interact and develop a sense of ownership."
—Discover magazine

About Strong Neighborhoods

United Way is leading a place-based strategy to dramatically improve the quality of life for our children and families because strong neighborhoods make a strong community.

To do that, we currently operate two Strong Neighborhood Houses in Rockford, and one in Machesney Park. Through partnerships with other local impact organizations, programs and services are offered to neighborhoods that provide, among other services, educational opportunities and activities, mental health and addiction support and services, and build hope for neighborhood families.

House locations

House partners

8th Avenue House
Carpenter's Place
Mustafa Abdall

Irving Avenue House
Safe Families for Children

Marie Avenue House
Live R.E.A.L. Foundation
Secondary Success and Beyond
Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation

Learn more about the specific programs and events going on at each house by visiting their Facebook pages:

More information

You can learn more about the vital services that our Strong Neighborhoods partners provide here:

For more information, call 815-968-5400 or email