Rockford (WIFR) -- There are hundreds of people in Rockford who don't have a place to call home, as the city focuses on finding them housing. Another group has a new way to get the homeless clothes and other items they need.
It’s called “The Pop-Up Street Store. The retail store for the homeless made its debut at Shelter Care Ministries on Church Street in Rockford. Shoppers were accompanied by their own assistant and were able to take three pieces of clothing. Organizers say the store was a great success and that it helped serve about 50 homeless people.
“You could see it in their eyes. The ways that they could not thank you enough, because their words just couldn't express how grateful they were for this touch in their lives. We had several people who were saying this is exactly what I needed. I’ve been out here for six months now. I’ve been out here for however long and I needed this,” says Street Store Coordinator Bethany Sedziol.
For the last two months, members from Christ the Savior Parish in Rockford have been collecting hundreds of clothing items for “The Pop-up Street Store.”