Last week Carly Rice and her partner Jacob Rush took the first step in their journey to getting the necessary permissions needed to keep their local non-profit open.

They won the first round and advanced to the next, which took place this week.

And it looks like they're well on their way to getting the proper paperwork to be able to continue empowering those in need here in Rockford.

Rice has said:

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."

The Rockford Code and Regulation Committee was the group Miss Carly's had to talk with this week to obtain their permit. Some alderpersons had some concerns that were addressed in a face-to-face discussion this Wednesday.

Rockford 3rd Ward Alderman Chad Tuneberg had questions like "If they outgrew their model?" and "Where they would go from there?", but all of his questions were answered on Wednesday.

In what seems like a set back for Miss Carly's, it caused a discussion that was helpful and necessary in them keeping their doors open.

Tuneberg said:

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."


This permit will allow Miss Carly's to continue in their mission of clothing, feeding, or just leading an ear to locals in need by expanding their operations to be open on holidays, along with helping them obtain other permits needed from the Winnebago County Health Department.

Next up for Miss Carly's is appearing before City Council.

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