The Mission in the News

Mar 24, 2014

Mission Welcomes California Youth Group for Service Project

Pictured: Helping in the Mission's warehouse area are (from left) Joseph Risser, Missions Coordinator and High School Pastor Daniel Kamwesa, Aaron Dodds, Cherise Burton and Student Ministries Pastor Zoro Mer.

On Sunday, March 23, Rockford Rescue Mission welcomed a group of 15 high school students and leaders from Granada Heights Friends Church in LaMirada, California. The young volunteers will perform tasks around the Mission through Wednesday, March 26.

The youth group chose the Mission for the project because of its Christian foundation and because it would allow them to experience an urban ministry. They are assisting with food preparation and meal service, as well as specific functions in the Men’s and Women’s Crisis Centers and Life Recovery Programs and the Mission Thrift Store. They also are helping the Mission’s facilities department with an outside project. During their visit, they will eat all their meals with the Mission’s community guests, and an adult sponsor from the group will speak at the Mission’s evening chapel service on Wednesday.

“We’re looking forward to having these young men and women among us and are grateful they’ve chosen Rockford Rescue Mission for their mission trip and service project,” said Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “We encourage other organizations to consider the Mission for service days or longer mission trips so they can witness firsthand the needs of their community and other areas of their country.” 

Groups interested in serving at the Mission are asked to contact Valerie Peterson, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at or 815-316-4151.