'90s: A Place Called Hope

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1992 An area auto dealer donated a 46,000 square foot building at 1201 Broadway, which was later sold for $119,000 for a building fund.

1994 The Mission purchased and developed 42 acres in Southwest Rockford for a children’s day camp and recreational/agricultural programs.

1995 The Rockford Register Star presented the Mission with its “Excelsior Award” for outstanding contribution to the community. The sign outside the Mission reads, “If you don’t have a friend in the world, you’ll find one here.”

The Launch of Hope Place

The Mission purchased 5.5 acres property at 600 and 700 West State Street for $150,000 from Bill Hembrough Buick, a gift in kind of $392,000. “Ye Rescue Shoppe” sold and the Mission opened a new thrift store, “Keepers Unlimited” at 1405 Kishwaukee Street.

“The Pitneys” won the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Award for Best Christian music group and Nadine Pitney received the YWCA Marcella Harris Award for Community Service.

The Mission relocated to Hope Place, 715 West State Street. The Women’s Crisis Center, Hope Clinic and a second thrift store were opened. The staff increased to 102 employees. The Pitneys retired.