MAYA’S House is a drop-in center for children under five whose families are homeless. The doors open at 8:30am and close at 1:00pm, Monday through Friday. Families come from Remedies, the domestic violence agency, Rockford Rescue Mission and other organizations where children are attached to the parents.
MAYA’S House is not a full-time day care, though it follows DCFS guidelines for staffing, is licensed by the Winnebago County Health Department and meets the city zoning requirements for child care programs.
MAYA’S House is a calm, pleasant, nurturing environment for children that supports the developmental needs of the growing child and recognizes the imprint poverty and homelessness often leave on children. (Children from families that are homeless experience serious mental illness at 3 times the rate of children who are housed.)During the hours of operation, children are offered breakfast, healthy snacks, and lunch. Clothing and supplies are always available to parents. Crusader Clinic provides onsite health care, and the Knights of Columbus provide bread every Tuesday morning. MAYA’S House endeavors to break the cycle of poverty and instill a moment of possibility in children. The staff believes that every seed planted will root and when the moment is right, it will grow. MAYA’S House staff and volunteers are seed planters!