Neighborhood Network to shut down after decade of service

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After more than a decade of bringing neighbors together, the neighborhood network will soon shut down.

While the Neighborhood Network will disappear, its impact will last. The group helped low-income areas.

"I've had jobs before that I have been passionate about. But I have never had a job before that I became so close to so many people," said Cyndie Hall, executive director, Neighborhood Network.

The network hosted events and removed some eyesores from the community.

"It was financial and sometimes organizations do need to close before people realize what services have been provided and how else they can be provided," said Hall.

The city of Rockford plans to continue providing these services through another operation, which mayor Tom McNamara hopes to have up and running early next year.

"What we were doing in the past doesn't mean that's the best for the future. I think Neighborhood Network has done a great job of getting these organizations up and running. And now it's on us to take it to the next level and see how we can get those organizations more a lined," said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara.

By partnering with several local organizations, the city believes it can add more services and help even more low-income families.

"Residents will see a stronger support system around them that will not just include the city of Rockford but will include transforming Rockford, will include United Way, and Home Start to make sure that our neighborhoods are truly getting all the help that they need," said McNamara.

Even though their job is ending, Neighborhood Network organizers, like Executive Director Cyndie Hall, say this won’t end their efforts to help the community.

"I don't see myself retiring at this point. And I certainly am happier when I have a passion for what I am doing. so I have been kind of telling people that I will be a free agent looking for meaning full adventure," said Hall.

McNamara says the new operation will be open in February.