The Mission in the News

Oct 30, 2013

Mission Receives Macy’s Grant in Support of Programs for Women and Children

Rockford Rescue Mission has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Macy’s. The funds will be used toward general operating expenses, and specifically for the Mission’s programs for homeless women and children.

Macy’s General Manager Wendy Miller presented the check Wednesday morning (Oct. 30) to the Mission’s Chris Eldridge and Renade Cossey at Macy’s CherryVale Mall store.

“We’re laying a foundation in the lives of women and children so they have a better chance of becoming healthy, happy individuals and of breaking the cycle of homelessness,” said Sherry Pitney, the Mission’s Executive Director. “We’re thrilled by and grateful for Macy’s generosity and their support of our mission.” 

The Mission’s Women’s Crisis Center provides 24-hour emergency services — including shelter, meals, clothing and medical care — to single women and mothers with children who have become displaced for reasons such as eviction or domestic violence. Women may choose to participate in the Mission’s Women’s Recovery Program, which provides life-skills classes and professional counseling, along with recovery services for residents dealing with abuse, destructive lifestyles or addiction. Women also have access to adult education and vocational training at the Mission Thrift Store or Restoration Café. These programs touch the lives of more than 588 women and children every year.