Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Kevin Ware has long been passionate about helping the homeless and a question by one of his daughters spurred action.

Breanna Ware, who is attending Purdue, asked him in the winter of 2017 where do homeless teens go to get clothes? Kevin, who works for an organization that houses homeless adults, didn't know the answer. So in the spring of 2017, Kevin and Juanita Ware launched Just Breathe 815 to collect lightly used clothing and distribute them to homeless teens.

Homelessness is a difficult problem to track and to tackle. The best numbers come from the annual School Report Cards from the Illinois State Board of Education. According to those statistics, 7 percent of the Rockford School District’s 28,459 students in 2015-2016 – or 1,992 students – lacked permanent or adequate housing. And the number has been rising. In the 2013-2014 school year, it was 1,732 students.

The state average homeless school population is 2 percent.
 

JB815 Community Outreach Program
The goal of our program is to provide homeless youth and students in need with access to clothing, hygiene products and meals.

Just Breathe 815 Resource Center

The goal is to provide teens with the opportunity to have social, academic, and basic needs met in a safe welcoming and non-judgmental environment that will strive to provide immediate and short term responses to those needs.

Just Breathe 815 has partnered with several businesses to be clothing drop-off sites. Just Breathe 815 volunteers wash the clothes and then distribute them twice a month at several locations around Rockford. To see the distribution dates, click here

If you’d like to donate clothing or get your business involved in the effort, contact Just Breathe 815 at justbreathe815@gmail.com. The Wares and their team, which includes , Sharde Calloway and Dawn Dickson Cunningham, have been shouldering all of the costs. Just Breathe 815 also is in need financial donation.

Just Breathe 815

Breanna, Kevin, Juanita and Tiana

Breanna, Kevin, Juanita and Tiana

Sharde Calloway Administration Coordinator

Sharde Calloway Administration Coordinator

Dawn Volunteer Coordinator and daughter Jaida

Dawn Volunteer Coordinator and daughter Jaida