4010 E State Street, Suite 204, Rockford, IL 61108 info@emergingwin.org 815 608-0778


Program Name:  Maintain Hope


Provide conduit for Winnebago County immigrants and minority business owners to understand and submit relief options available to combat COVID-19 pandemic. Ensure that language barriers do not exclude those eligible for relief to file with the appropriate program.


  • Understand the stimulus checks requirements and eligibility.
  • Assist in filing necessary tax returns for those who traditionally do not need to file return.
  • Assist 1099 employees and sole proprietor with SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications.
  • Direct individuals to support options available either locally, statewide or at the federal level.
  • Ensure individuals receiving any support understand the documentation and record keeping they may need to maintain under the programs they access.
  • Assist with post-relief documentation submission.

Minority Businesses

  • Explore business support options available at the local, state or federal level and direct businesses to the appropriate program.
  • Assist businesses in gathering necessary documentation.
  • Educate businesses on relief program availability, record keeping needs and repayment requirements.
  • Assist businesses in filing for relief program.
  • Follow-up support for post-relief documentation submission.

Emotional Support

  • Facilitate mentoring program for individuals and businesses to learn from each other and exchange ideas of how to handle anxiety and day-today living during pandemic.
  • Provide educational resources and webinars   

Continuously adjusting and modifying program as needed.