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Zion Outreach Mission

“Through church and community effort… this corporation will provide uplifting programs supporting education, economic development, nutrition, recreation, social development, health, safety and spiritual development for residents served by Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, IL.”

Our mission is carried out with support from partnership agencies as a part of our neighborhood community development in these ways:

  • Zion’s Literacy Program: “Choosing to Read”
  • Food Pantry (Tuesday, Thursday and third Saturday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Cornucopia Food Pantry, 402 Market Street, Rockford)
  • WOW children’s program (September-May on Wednesday at Zion for elementary age youth)
  • In The Bag Men’s Group (Wednesday at Zion at 10:30am-12:30pm and includes lunch)

Zion’s Literacy Program: “Choosing to Read”


With the loss of SES funding, we have spent our efforts on redoing  and replacing our tutoring program.  We have reworked our after-school program to fit the latest research in how to help struggling readers.  Our new program is based primarily upon the research compiled by Dr. Richard Allington, one of our nations leading authorities in reading.   We are seeking funding for this program by soliciting funds from foundations and individuals.

The heart of our program is based on the belief that children learn to read by reading, and that students will read when they are allowed to follow their interests and given books and materials they can read.

We have developed a children’s library and digital card catalog based on the Lexile level of each book.  The Lexile level of a book is a measure of its readability.  We plan to test each student’s reading ability using tests that measure the student’s Lexile level.  It is then possible to find books and materials that the student can read.

We will continue to have students work in small groups, have one to one interaction and utilize two Lexile based computer programs.  Our commitment to reading will also have us take students to the local public library where we will help each student learn how to find books they can and want to read.

To better understand our program, we have posted two videos on YouTube.  The links are:

Zion's Literacy Program "Choosing to Read"


Digital Card Catalog of After School Tutoring at Zion


We welcome your questions and your support.  Contact Wayne Spitzer (815) 962-3340 or email: spitzer001@comcast.net


“Zion Outreach” is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2008!


For more information, contact:
Michael E. Thomas, Pastor
Zion Outreach
925 Fifth Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104

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