Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House

To provide a safe environment, resources and education to empower our community to reach their fullest potential through all life stages.

Neighborhood House provides essential services, removes barriers and collaborates with dozens of organizations to help those who need it most. For the 1,000+ seniors in Peoria and Tazewell counties who want to remain independent in their own homes, the daily meals and wellness checks through Meals on Wheels allow them to do so. Seniors depend upon the companionship of their beloved pets, so meals are also provided for 129 dogs, cats and birds through Critters Meals on Wheels.

Our youngest citizens become ready for kindergarten through our Preschool for All program, by closing the educational gap for those who grow up in poverty, hearing 30,000 fewer words than those who do not.

Neighborhood House provides services in several organizations where collaborative efforts yield greater results. The Salvation Army allows use of their space so Neighborhood House can provide job training and soft skills to help their clients obtain and maintain employment. Financial literacy is also taught to help individuals increase net worth and improve their credit scores.

Located in the sixth-poorest zip code in the state, Neighborhood House has been feeding children for over a century. As childhood hunger has become a prevalent issue in other communities, Neighborhood House also feeds children at Common Place, Dream Center, Proctor Center and Washington District 50 schools through after-school and summer meals. United Way funding allowed the expansion of weekend snack packs to be provided year-round, as kids are often without food when school is not in session.

Neighborhood House invites other agencies to provide much-needed services internally, including the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, University of Illinois Extension, Center for Prevention of Abuse, OSF Faith Community Nurses and Care-A-Van, PCCEO foster grandparents and the MOLLIE mobile from UnityPoint. These collaborations allow for a stronger community by reducing barriers associated with poverty, such as transportation, education and food.

How to Help
You can help by volunteering your time to tutor our kids, bag bread for Meals on Wheels, or help with a holiday program. You can support our programs by sponsoring and/or attending our events. For more information regarding volunteering or sponsoring events, please contact Bryna Ryan at

Neighborhood House
1020 S. Matthew St.
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 674-1131

Facebook: @NeighborhoodHousePeoria
Instagram: @neighborhoodhousepeoria

Becky Rossman, CEO
Roberta English, COO
Gene Huber, CFO
Kari Clark, HR Director
Ericka Ivory, Child Care Director
Bryna Ryan, Community Outreach/Events Director
Bryan Parker, Building and Fleet Director
Brent Oest, Meals on Wheels Director
Jared Ford, Kitchen Director
Debi Legaspi, Executive Assistant
Jennell Jackson, Administrative Assistant