Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries

Rating: 4.47 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 1958 Rockford IL 61110 USA

Mission: Rockford Rescue Mission shares hope and help in Jesus'' name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness.
Programs: Rockford Rescue Mission provides free services of food, shelter, clothing, education and case management to the homeless and working population of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

I have spent some time with the staff and visitors at the Rockford Rescue Mission. Most of the staff is not trained for the job. They just heir staff that are reformed Drug addict and alcoholics. The Staff have no training at all of any kind as social workers. I have seen the staff pick fights and push buttons with the homeless to get the homeless kicked out. Half the time the toilets do not work! The health department has had to come in many times to make them fix the toilets! They say they give cloths to the needy. The RRM just take the cloths donated to them and sells them at their thrift store. I am going to write more soon! It is sad that with all the cameras all over the property a murder happened and none of the staff were fired for not stopping the fight! Wish some one would reform that place!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization does outstanding work in our community, and are always there to help free ofcharge anybody who needs help with addictions, food, shelter, educational or vocational training, and even free medical services! I feel honored to live and work in a town with a positive resource center such as the RRM!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have a close family member who is going through the Woman's Recovery Program at the Mission. She is about two thirds of the way through the program and I'm amazed at the transformation in her life. Before coming to the RRM, she was hesitant because she has been through many programs that dealt with addictions, none of which helped her. She has made great strides in this program and gives credit to having it being Christ centered and this is where she has learned to draw her strength from. No other program put the focus on spirituality. She feels loved and cared for like never before! I'm thankful to the staff at RRM for providing her a second chance at a fulfilled life with Christ .

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As our economy lags, this ministry is run very efficiently making the most of every donated dollar. The Executive Director works tirelessly and has a true heart for those who are served at the Mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

There is more going on behind closed doors than the public knows. Management is served before the public. They only help the people they want.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

At the Rockford Rescue Mission a hot and nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner are served 7 days a week, every day of the year. The promise of a hearty meal draws the homeless and hungry in, but once they are inside they receive so much more. Shelter, vocational training, medical care, case management, christian counseling...the possibilities are endless. They work tirelessly to provide to those who are hurting, homeless and hungry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Mission has been providing effective programming for the homeless, hungry and hurting since 1964.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could change something, there would be no one who needed the services of any homeless shelter. As long as there are homeless, hungry and hurting people needing services....I am confident the Mission will be there to provide those services.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Over the last few years I've been the Community Project Coordinator for a faith-based mentorship program. One of our students favorite organizations to work with has been the Rockford Rescue Mission. Partnering alongside the caring, loving staff of the RM has been a great experience for our students where they learn to look past social status and love the unlovable. The staff doesn't just expect the volunteers to come be work horses, but mentors the volunteers, shares with them the heart, and goes above and beyond to show them how grateful they are for their service. They genuinely care about every person that walks through their doors, volunteer or client. I have also referred a friend to the RM who became homeless earlier this Summer. She was skeptical and would normally not do well in a program/organization that has requirements & expectations, but she responded well because of the love and care that was shown.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing men & women overcome addictions, men, women, & children find shelter, food, & clothing who have previously been homeless, guests (clients) have received life lessons classes, education, case management, encouragement, overall humanity restored

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

revamp the volunteer application process, but I know that this is currently in process and is going well!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staffs passion to serve and love those in society that are often overlooked and forgotten. Then these guests and people's lives are turned around and they decide to give back. AWESOME!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Joyful, confident, hopeful, enthusiastic, and love their job!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally hire more staff to counsel, teach, and manage more lives who could then also give back!

Ways to make it better...

there was a larger play area for the children and a more relaxed hang out area for the ladies in the crisis center.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

under staffed, over-worked, and under-financed.

One thing I'd also say is that...

these staff members are heros! They literally lay their lives down for these people. And the guests/clients that are housed at the RM are courageous and brave.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I taught money management and remedial budgeting to the men and women who lived at the Mission and were trying to get their lives in order. Most were dealing with addictions and abusive lifestyles. As the men and women learned how to create a simple budget or balance a checkbook,I thought I would be doing something special for them. In reality, they did something special for me - they taught me that everyone has hope to become better. They just need people willing to teach them how that can be accomplished. As a result, I became a fundraiser for the Mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing lives improved. Men & women have the opportunity to complete their high school dipolma or get a GED. Many are going on or back to college. Their hope has been restored.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

IT IS A PRIVILEDGE TO BE A PART OF WHAT THE LORD IS DOING IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY HURTING GUESTS. TO WORK WITH AND PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED GIVES ME JOY! I BELEIVE WHEN JESUS RETURNS , IT WILL BE IN A PLACE SUCH AS THIS!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

CASE MANAGEMENT IN THE MEN'S CRISIS, HELPING PEOPLE TO MEET THEIR PHYSICAL AS WELL AS SPIRITUAL NEEDS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

INVENTORY THINGS SUCH AS GLOVES , HATS. BOOTS , TO LET LEADERSHIP KNOW WE ARE RUNNING LOW.TO LET COMMUNITY KNOW WE ARE IN NEED OF A PARTICULAR ITEM. 2, WAYS TO TRANSPORT GUESTS TO DR.VISITS AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

GETTING UP TO COME TO WORK EACH DAY, TO SEE WHAT THE LORD IS GOING TO DO IN THEIR LIVES THROUGH THE MISSION

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

PEOOPLE WHO LOVE THE LORD NOT ONLY IN WORD BUT ALSO WITH THEIR LIVES.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I WOULD BUILD A BIBLICAL COUNSELING CENTER THAT WOULD HAVE SPACE FOR HUNDREDS OF TRAINED LAY COUNSELORS FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS A CENTER TO GIVE ACTIVITIES FOR OUR GUESTS AND COMMUNITY

Ways to make it better...

I HAD MORE HELP, TIME AND RESOUCES TO HELP THE GUESTS.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

CONSISTANCY IN THE THEOLOGY OF GOD'S WORD ( GETTING ENOUGH PASTORS WHO ARE TRAINED FOR 365 DAYS A YEAR)

One thing I'd also say is that...

THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME TO WORK OR VOLUNTEER TO LAY UP TREASURES IN HEAVEN IT IS A PRIVELEDGE TO BE A PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING HERE.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been involved for the last 6 months. It is amazing all of the opportunities the Mission affords it's residents and the public, health care, education programs, meals, life recovery programs and list goes on. There are lives being changed every day at the Rockford Rescue Mission and I am blessed to be involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding Christlike people who love each other and the clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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