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.

For over 120 years, Neighborhood House has provided essential services, removed barriers and collaborated 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.

Through these wellness checks, our Meals on Wheels drivers discovered seniors without pet food were denying themselves and sharing their meals with their pets. Neighborhood House understands seniors depend on the companionship of their beloved pets. Critters Meals on Wheels came to life to help ensure both the seniors and their critters receive their daily nutritional needs. Currently over 130 pet meals are delivered weekly.

Located in the sixth-poorest zip code in the state, Neighborhood House has been feeding children for over a century. Childhood hunger has become a prevalent issue and kids face food insecurity when school is not in session.  Neighborhood House supplements this need by feeding children at Dream Center, Proctor Center and Washington District 50 schools through after-school and summer meals. Without the concern of hunger, children are better equipped to learn and succeed.

Through Neighborhood House’s recent acquisition of Common Place, we have been able to expand our adult programming to include literacy and GED programs. These education programs will reduce barriers for our clients seeking employment. Neighborhood House provides services in 13 other 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.

Neighborhood House invites other agencies to provide much-needed services internally, including the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, University of Illinois Extension, Center for Prevention of Abuse, OSF Faith Community Nurses and Care-A-Van, Central Illinois Friends, 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 and adult learners, 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, sponsoring events or donations, please visit or contact Brent Oest at

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

Facebook: @NeighborhoodHousePeoria
Instagram: @neighborhoodhousepeoria

Becky Rossman, CEO
Bryna Ryan, COO
Gene Huber, CFO
Kari Clark, HR Director
Brent Oest, Development Director
Bryan Parker, Building and Fleet Director
Gary Moore, Meals on Wheels Director
Carey Applegate, Education Director
Ericka Ivory, Financial Empowerment and Employment
Lola Patton, Youth Education Coordinator
Betsy Bladel, Education Liaison
Annette Stahl, Kitchen Director
Debi Legaspi, Executive Assistant
Jennell Jackson, Administrative Assistant