ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local defense contractor is trying to combat social challenges right here in the Stateline.
There should be fewer redundancies in social services, thanks to a database jointly created by Carpenter's Place and Northern Illinois University. It's called MPOWR and allows area agencies to share information on people who receive services like free meals and housing in Rockford.
“It's really important that when a guest comes in and we meet with them, that we're able to document what we're doing. So particularly if I see a guest one day and I'm not here the next day, the next case manager is able to come in and see exactly what I've done,” said Cathy Barsema Carpenter’s Place Director of Guest Services.
The two agencies created CCI which runs the database. It's been so successful, local defense contractor SupplyCore bought CCI and MPOWR for an undisclosed amount.
This particular technology that CCI's developed called MPOWR, focuses on the improvement of human capital and human assets of communities. So it's near and dear to our organization's mission,” said SupplyCore CEO Peter Provenzano.
MPOWR allows shelters like the Carpenter's Place to keep better track of what clients need and could prevent people from abusing the system.
"I think it's really exciting. I think bringing the resources, the skillset, the technology abilities that SupplyCore has, will just help to move it to the next level, there's no question about that,” said Cathy Barsema.
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says the city will also use MPOWR to keep track of parolees. That way they have a better idea of where they're living and their financial situation.
MPOWR is already being used in 24 states and in Canada. Up until now, CCI has been selling the MPOWR software to these communities. A group in Minnesota recently received a $28 million grant with their use of the software.