Mind & Spirit
NWQ’s 2018 Guide to Schools

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts, with a focus on individual abilities and strengths. To help with your decisions, we’ve found a few of the best.

Women in the Rockford Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery Program work with volunteer artists to remake donated goods into repurposed items.
Rockford Remade Helps Those In Need

The Rockford Rescue Mission’s latest project shares a unique collection of items made by a special group of women. Learn about these women’s stories and find out what’s in this unique store.

Carrie Little rides at Main Stay Therapeutic Farm with instructor Joanne Mulvey (left) and volunteers Diane Massier (center) and Wendy Kornfeind (right).
More than Just Horsin’ Around at Main Stay

It’s no small thing when these horse lovers say they have a way of changing lives through animal-assisted therapies. Indeed, a wide variety of clients have achieved personal empowerment while working with this Richmond-area farm’s lovable critters.

Nik’s Home Run is the major fundraising event for the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation (NRF), a charity that serves young adults ages 18 to 24 who are fighting cancer.
Lifting the Spirits of Young Adults with Cancer

Since its inception nearly six years ago, the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation has fulfilled the wishes of 75 young adults from 17 states. Read about Nikolas Ritschel’s story and find out how to get involved.

First Congregational Church of Beloit
Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.