I have been a thrift store addict for several years, mostly in Sacramento, CA Since moving to Rockford about 11 years ago, I have been to just about every thrift location in the area. The Rockford Rescue thrift store is definitely the best bargain in the area! No "junk" merchandise is permitted. Every piece of merchandise - from clothing to home décor - is next-to-new and beautifully displayed. Furthermore, prices are very reasonable and within the reach of every person who enters. This shop is a phenomenal gem!!!
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!
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!
Review from Guidestar
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 .
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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 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.
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!!