Community Members Invited to Strong Neighborhood House First Birthday Party

SwedishAmerican, Jackson Oaks Neighborhood Association and the Rockford Police Department are teaming up to host a FREE event at the Strong Neighborhood House in celebration of its first birthday. Located at 1233 Revell Avenue in Rockford, the party will take place on Wednesday, May 4 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM. Neighborhood children and families are invited to attend.

Attendees will get to enjoy birthday cake and punch and play several different birthday party games. Children also will be encouraged to create drawings that will be used to decorate the house. SAM, the SwedishAmerican mascot, and Eddie the Eagle, the Rockford Police Department mascot, will make appearances at the party. Additionally, everyone will take home a FREE favor bag.

“Our partnership with Jackson Oaks Neighborhood Association and the SwedishAmerican Foundation has been extremely beneficial,” says Rockford Police Officer Brandon Dillard. “According to statistics, crime has gone down in the neighborhood and families are relocating to Jackson Oaks due to the community partnerships that have been created since the Strong Neighborhood House opened one year ago. We’re excited to hit our one-year mark and host a free celebration for our neighbors.”

In an effort to revitalize the 81-block area surrounding SwedishAmerican Hospital, the SwedishAmerican Foundation purchased and renovated the house and licensed it to the Rockford Police Department in May of 2015. The Strong Neighborhood House serves as a place for officers to build a closer relationship with neighbors. It’s a space where officers help to facilitate problem solving and ultimately reduce crime in the neighborhood.

For more information on the Strong Neighborhood House first birthday party, please call the SwedishAmerican Foundation at (779) 696-4339.

For further information, contact:

Paul Greenland

Katryna Kirby