Inspiring 815: Adrienne Walker - – Rockford’s News Leader

Inspiring 815: Adrienne Walker


"The Jubilee Drop in Center is for people that are mentally ill, people that are homeless. We provide them a place to come during the day, get off the streets. We provide breakfast n the mornings, a snack in the afternoon and we also are here for socialization." said the center's site coordinator, Baldemar Gallegos. 

The center has been open for more than 30 years, and one volunteer has been there since the beginning.

"I started volunteering in 1985, when the Jubilee Soup Kitchen opened." said Adrienne Walker, a volunteer with the center.

Adrienne's volunteer work started as an assignment with her church, but turned into a passion.

"We have to step out of our comfort zone, and engage in the community for those in the need, and that's why I stay." said Walker.

While other volunteers have come and gone, Adrienne has stayed, and her consistency is something the center's coordinator is grateful for.

"I think having sometimes just having someone available, helps give them the support they need on a daily basis." said Gallegos.

Being at the center for decades means Adrienne is a mentor the newcomers.

"Her presence and being here for as long as she has, I think people kind of look to her for guidance and some leadership." said Gallegos.

She has also built lasting relationships with the members. 

"They've gotten to know her on a personal basis, and share information with her." said Gallegos.

Adrienne Walker, inspiring 815, one day at a time.

"It's wonderful work, it's difficult work." said Walker.

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