'00s: Turning the page

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2000 Perry Pitney resigned, and Dr. Pat Clinton was interim director.

The Innovative Education Center opened, and outreach support groups were launched in the community.

2001 “Keepers Unlimited” opened a third thrift store at Southgate Shopping Center.

Sherry Pitney was appointed Executive Director.

2002 The Mission was licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services as a State Certified Recovery Home, and Hope Dental clinic opened.

2004 “Rescuing the Raggedy Man: The History of Rockford Rescue Mission” by Perry Pitney and Jim Killam was published.

The Mission celebrated its 40th anniversary.

2005 Former Executive Director Perry Pitney was killed in an auto accident.

2007 Building at 625 West State Street was renovated to house Restoration Café, a vocational training center and café open to the public.

2008 The building at 625 West State was renovated to become Restoration Café, a Vocational Training Center and unique café open to the public

2008 Restoration Café was built to serve as a Vocational Training Center and cutting edge café open to the public.

The Mission’s “Mother of Rescue,” Nadine Pitney, died after long battle with cancer. 

2009 The Mission celebrated 10 years at Hope Place and 45 years of ministry.

The Mission received the Spirit of Caring Award from Crusader Community Health.