Rockford First saw a great need among single parents in our community. There is too often a lack of support, resource and spiritual mentorship for those running their households alone. Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt assembled a team to research what resources were needed and how we could help those single parent families in need, and Empower was born.

Our goal is simple. We want to fulfill the mandate laid out in James 1:27:

“Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.”

We plan to reach out and walk through life’s trials with the fatherless/motherless and “widowed” in our community. We want to equip each family with spiritual mentorship, biblical teaching, mental and emotional support and physical and material assistance where possible.

Here’s some helpful resources to get started!