Some “stalked” the founders of Miss Carly’s Inc. in Rockford

Miss Carly’s Inc. will no longer be the not-for-profit charity it has been until now, now that Carly Rice and her family have decided to move amid intense and sometimes intrusive public scrutiny in addition to planned repairs.

Carly Rice and her partner and building owner Jacob Rush, co-founders of Miss Carly’s, loaded a U-Haul this weekend and moved their family from the former Buddhist temple, 1125 Fifth Ave., where they lived for more than five years have lived. years and from Rockford.

Rice said they had long been considering a move, hoping it would ease a dispute with city officials over code violations. It is also necessary to facilitate major repairs to the building’s HVAC and plumbing systems.

But recently, security has become a concern: amateur sleuths who have demanded financial transparency and others have taken up the habit of driving by, plotting and recording the happenings at the charity at all hours of the day, in an attempt to gather some evidence of wrongdoing.

They reported the move on Facebook and posted photos of the U-Haul outside the nonprofit.

Will Rice still be able to run the charity if she doesn’t live there?

“Of course we will remain active!” Rice said in a text message to the Rockford Register Star. “We never give up! Never. This is our life and the people we serve are family to us.”

Rice said hours will change due to her lifestyle change, but the charity will continue to serve those in need.

“But I’m definitely making sure my family is safe as these people are stalking us and threatening us with violence,” Rice said in a text message.

Jeff Kolkey writes about government, economic development and other issues for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at (815) 987-1374, via email at [email protected] and on Twitter @jeffkolkey.