The Mission in the News

Jun 21, 2012

Rockford Rescue Mission Announces Plans to Consolidate Mission Mart

“We’re grateful to our faithful friends and customers who have made our Mission Marts popularshopping destinations, and I’m confident they’ll be pleased by the amenities of our new facilityand the greater variety and larger inventory of items they’ll be able to select from.”—Sherry Pitney, Executive Director

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Rockford Rescue Mission has announced it will consolidate its two MissionMart locations into a single larger facility in the former Bob’s Ace Hardware building at 271020th Street.

The Mission will renovate the building and anticipates a grand opening early fall.

According to Executive Director Sherry Pitney, the Mission seized the opportunity topurchase the property—which was offered below market value because of the many benefits itwill afford the Mission and the community.

“The centrally located site with extended hours will be more convenient for shoppers aswell as friends who donate items,” Pitney explained. “And the expanded warehouse will allowus to be more efficient in processing the donations, so we can offer a greater inventory ofclothing, household items and furniture. In turn, that will lead to increased sales with greaterincome to support our programs and services and greater tax revenue to support the community.”

In addition to being sold to the public, donations of clothing and other material goodsreceived at the Mission Mart are provided to residents of the Mission’s long-term recoveryprograms and crisis shelter guests. They’re also shared with other community organizations tomeet the needs of the families and individuals they serve. The new Mission Mart will alsoenable the Mission to expand its vocational training curriculum to include landscaping and lawnmaintenance, warehouse management, as well as an enhanced retail and customer-serviceexperience.

Pitney says Mission leaders also feel good about this opportunity to “repurpose” abuilding that has been empty. “It’s important to note as well that the acquisition of this propertywill result in a substantial annual cost savings over our current lease arrangement allowing us tobe better financial stewards of donor funds,” she added. “We are grateful to our faithful friendsand customers who have made our Mission Marts popular shopping destinations, and I’mconfident they’ll be pleased by the amenities of our new facility and the greater variety andlarger inventory of items they’ll be able to select from.”

Pitney invites Mission Mart customers and donors to watch the Mission’s website——for updates on the renovation’s progress and plans for thegrand opening in the fall. The current locations at 1405 Kishwaukee Street and 1235 SandyHollow Road will continue to operate at full capacity until the new store opens.

For more information on Rockford Rescue Mission’s year-round programs and servicesfor homeless and hurting men, women and children, or for photo opportunities, contact MickManne at the numbers listed at the top of page 1. Additional information is available on theMission’s website,, where customers can also sign up toreceive weekly emails about Mission Mart special offers and sales.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious mealsand safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along withrecovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of thosewho are struggling in our Rockford community.