Miss Carly's permit advances to City Council

Published: May. 28, 2019 at 10:35 PM CDT
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Carly Rice and her partner Jacob Rush are breathing a sigh of relief after getting one step closer to a permit needed to keep her organization open and serving the homeless. She says, "We just want to welcome people and empower them and remind them that they can get through those services and just feel them a hot meal."

After a face-to-face discussion with the Rockford Code and Regulations Committee, some alderpersons expressed a few concerns regarding the use of the permit. Rockford 3rd Ward Alderperson Chad Tuneberg says that at this session, he was able to get all of his questions answered.

Tuneberg says, "If they outgrow their model per se, where do they go from there? It was made clear to me that having a home base is part of their model.

Alderpersons say that even though this was a step back for Rice's organization, they say this discussion was necessary and helpful. Tuneberg says, "There's no doubt that Miss Carly's is a noble organization. We just want to make sure that as we may change some of the things to the ordinance that we're doing the right thing and all of the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed."

With this permit, Miss Carly's operations can expand to being open on holidays, and help them get proper permits from the Winnebago County Health Department. Allowing the organization to continue their mission of feeding, clothing, or just listening to residents in need.

Rice says, "Sometimes people don't think they can qualify for those services. They think they've burned their bridges. We need to exist so they feel comfortable enough to come somewhere so we can remind them they matter."

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