The Mission in the News

Aug 21, 2014

Mission receives $60,000 grant from Kiwanis Club

Rockford Rescue Mission has received a $60,000 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford. This generous gift reinforces the priority of the Club members to make life better for the children and youth of our community.

The funds will be used toward initiatives to enhance the Mission’s Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter and Life Recovery Program with greater resources and the ability to serve more homeless women and children. The Crisis Shelter provides safe beds, nutritious meals and other life essentials for women and children who have become homeless for a variety of circumstances. The long-term residential Life Recovery program includes recovery and relapse prevention training, general life-skills application, mentoring, physical fitness and cultural recreation to help women become whole and self-sufficient in all aspects of their lives.

“Here in Rockford we’re being forced to turn away scores of homeless women and children each year because our Crisis Center is at capacity,” said Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “And more than 45 women at any one time are on a waiting list to get into our life-changing residential program.” The grant money will support the Mission’s initiative to consolidate the current crisis and recovery facilities onto the Mission’s Hope Place campus, increasing the capacity of both areas of outreach.

“We’re pleased the Kiwanis Club of Rockford has recognized this critical need and chosen to partner with the Mission to care for our city’s most vulnerable citizens,” she added. “We’re grateful for their generosity, which will impact the lives of so many women and children.”