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Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Thrift Shops

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.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 d├ęcor - 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!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 .

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Members of our church choir created the TLC Praise Band, solely devoted to providing music for the Rockford Rescue Mission pre-dinner Worship Service. We have been doing this the first Friday of every month since February 2004. Attendees often come up to us after the worship service to shake our hands, and share their stories. Often, we surround that person with joined hands in prayer. The feedback from the clients, both during prayer and after the service, fuels our outreach efforts.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with the Mission since it's founding over 45 years ago. As a practicing physician I was able to help in a small way to care for some of the medical needs over the years. After retirement I've been allowed to serve as a board member and part of the council of elders. I have been privileged to see many clients respond to the call of a loving Christ and have their lives totally changed. Praise God for the staff and the work of the Rockford Rescue Mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over a period of 15 years we have been blest by the work of volunteers at Rockford Rescue Mission. Lives have been changed after responding to the Gospel message of Christ's love for all who will come to Him. Those who manage the work and give unstintingly to the mission of RESCUE are to be greatly rewarded in that day when we stand before our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord continue the labor of love at Rockford Rescue Mission. Don and Phyllis Livingston Portage WI

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee the joy everyday is to work for in an environment that promotes unity in Christ. Also to share the good news with residents, the community, volunteers and staff. Helping folks in Jesus name - there is nothing better.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so great full to be a part of a team that is dedicated to helping those who are truly in need. I am confident that the mission saves lives because they saved mine. I am just past my 3rd year serving and I find each day as rewarding as the one before. The Rockford Rescue Mission is truly dedicated to the art of rescue recover and restore. GOD Bless all the efforts of so many who dedicate their time to this mission.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work that they do for the homeless. The new cafe bussiness is a cool place to go for lunch and meet with friends. It has great food also.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed at not only the overnight crisis relief that the Mission provides to men and women who have no one to turn to, but actually have a Certified Recovery program that is FREE to those who really desire to change their life and restore relationships. The vocational training program that was launched will help those who have completed the recovery program to transition back into the workforce.

7

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The rockford rescue mission made a large impact on my life I was first exposed to the mission in 1989 after losing my home my family and my job due to a drug and alchol addiction. I had no where else to turn it was during the chapel servise I heard a sermon and confesed Christ. Sinse that time I have became and ordained minister and have started a recovery ministrey that has been going for 10 years and it has helped thousands of people and it all started at the rescue mission helping me with an introduction to Christ and food and shelter.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Rockford Rescue Mission in 1996 and was truly amazed at the breadth of the Mission's programs. Not only does Rockford Rescue Mission feed and shelter people 365 each day of the year (they serve 3 meals every day), they also have a life recovery program that helps men and women rebuild their lives. The success of the program far exceeds secular shelters. As a current staff member I am fortunate to work side-by-side men and women who first came to the Mission as clients or guests and have successfully turned their lives around, abandoning destructive life styles.