The Mission in the News

Jan 6, 2017

Local group donates bikes to the Rescue Mission. Click here for more information
Dec 23, 2016

Rockford Rescue Mission feeds more than 600 at the annual Christmas banquet. Click Here for the full story.
Dec 14, 2016

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Dec 14, 2016

Team Fur Bandits are riding to raise money for Rockford Rescue Mission

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Dec 14, 2016

Rockford Rescue Mission is an official warrming center in Rockford. 

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Dec 14, 2016

Mo Pitney, Large supporter of the Rockford Rescue Mission, was spotted on location at the mission. 

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Dec 14, 2016

A local Church held a bake sale and donated the proceeds to Rockford Rescue Mission

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Aug 26, 2016

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Jul 19, 2016

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Jul 17, 2016


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Jun 2, 2016

97 days of summer...and 97 days of meals to provide for hungry and homeless guests.

Help us meet our Summer Challenge by helping provide 42,039 meals this summer – and feed the Rock River Valley’s hungry and homeless people! 

Open your heart – and help us meet the needs of our neighbors now. 

Jun 2, 2016

97 days of summer...and 97 days of meals to provide for hungry and homeless guests.

Help us meet our Summer Challenge by helping provide 42,039 meals this summer – and feed the Rock River Valley’s hungry and homeless people! 

Open your heart – and help us meet the needs of our neighbors now. 



Dec 15, 2015
Jul 21, 2015

Rockford Rescue Mission sees influx of guests because of the heat
Apr 21, 2015

ROCKFORD  — About 150 women and children a year are turned away by the city's largest homeless shelter because it lacks accommodations for them. Over the next 10 to 12 months that will change...
Sep 23, 2014

Held Sept. 18 at the Mission.
Aug 21, 2014

Gift will help expand services for homeless women and children
Aug 7, 2014

Volunteers help complete project
Jul 29, 2014

Help needed in collecting donations for the Mission
Jul 9, 2014

Money will help enrich kids' lives
Jun 23, 2014

Rockford dentist, Affordable Dentures make transformation possible
Jun 12, 2014

Rockford Store helps Mission toward 10,000-roll goal
Jun 11, 2014

Collection added to our Women's Crisis Center
Jun 10, 2014

Benefit provides 300 pizzas for residents, staff, community.
Jun 9, 2014

School delivers 280 pairs to Women's Crisis Center
May 22, 2014

Donations can be made until the end of June.
May 20, 2014

Annual toilet paper drive seeks 10,000 rolls for Mission.

Apr 17, 2014

Congressman presented proclamation he read on floor of U.S. House
Apr 15, 2014

Congressman will visit the Mission Wednesday, April 16


Apr 3, 2014

Gift will benefit the Mission's residents and guests
Mar 31, 2014

Donations will help our residents as they return to the workforce
Mar 31, 2014

Volunteers do variety of tasks, donate goods
Mar 26, 2014

Donation given this week
Mar 24, 2014

15 students from La Mirada serving through Wednesday, March 26
Mar 5, 2014

Ceremony to celebrates recovery honor grads’ courage and hard work

Mar 3, 2014

PCs will be used in Education Center and for Mission staff
Feb 25, 2014

Volunteer effort reflect's bank's community commitment
Feb 13, 2014

Votes, essay from Auto Show voters lead to Association's donation
Feb 7, 2014

Sadie Farmer's idea became a community event
Feb 5, 2014

Saturday event lets groups, individuals raise money for the Mission
Feb 4, 2014

Handmade items, personal supplies will help Mission guests
Jan 30, 2014

Fourth- and fifth-graders combine for generous gift
Jan 28, 2014

Party at Women's Crisis Center is first of many
Jan 28, 2014

Grant comes from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Jan 27, 2014

Portion of each Nachos Navidad sale goes to Mission
Jan 24, 2014

A behind-the-scenes look at our annual telethon
Jan 20, 2014

Cataract surgery brightens Diana's future

Jan 9, 2014

Organization's chili cook-off and donation drive benefit Mission
Jan 6, 2014

10 prcent of Monday evening sales in January go to Mission
Dec 30, 2013

More than 400 attended annual dinner and gift-giving
Dec 23, 2013

More than 400 guests served by volunteers and staff
Dec 23, 2013

Generosity provides toys, other gifts for needy families
Dec 20, 2013

$1,500 donation will help provide services to guests, residents
Dec 18, 2013

Mission staff helped them achieve goal
Dec 16, 2013

16th District Representative tours Mission
Dec 16, 2013

This year, the company's ornament fund goes to Mission instead
Dec 11, 2013

Joe's Place, Ceroni Piping and Pathfinder Wealth Management sponsored donation opportunities.
Nov 29, 2013

More than 500 guests were served.
Nov 27, 2013

Held November 27, 2013.
Nov 26, 2013

It's a great day to remember the Mission with your support
Nov 25, 2013

Fifth-graders create placemats for Wednesday's event
Nov 22, 2013

Class donates more than 200 handmade, fleece scarves
Nov 14, 2013

$1,000 presented this week
Nov 14, 2013

Dec. 7 Event Features Sale, Silent Auction

Nov 14, 2013

Natylee Sinkiawic made, sold bracelets to fund blanket project
Nov 7, 2013

Area donation drive runs this week

Nov 4, 2013

Drive helps Mission serve the needy
Oct 30, 2013

General Manager Wendy Miller presents the check Wednesday.
Oct 29, 2013

Health Department grant funds training day
Oct 29, 2013

Brother and sister donate money to Mission
Oct 20, 2013

Brittany Smith joins state's attorney for lunch Oct. 18
Oct 16, 2013

Natylee Sinkiawic makes and sells bracelets to benefit the Mission
Oct 8, 2013

Mission's training, along with Housing Authority training, helps resident learn marketable skill
Oct 1, 2013

911 Day of Service garners food donations for Mission
Oct 1, 2013

Restoration Café Welcomes Ron Gilchrist for First Friday Performance

Sep 25, 2013

Service offered on Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m.
Sep 25, 2013

From the Sept. 24 event at First Free Church
Sep 24, 2013

The Sept. 6 event in Boone County drew big attendance.
Sep 11, 2013

Images from a joyful evening at the Mission
Sep 3, 2013

First Fridays performance is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6
Aug 29, 2013

Mission appreciates donation, service, pizza discount
Aug 28, 2013

Call ahead to reserve a spot for Sept. 25 or Oct. 23.
Aug 28, 2013

Staff members of Congressman Adam Kinzinger, State Rep. Joe Sosnowski spend lunchtime serving.
Aug 20, 2013

For two days, food donations meant free admission 

Aug 13, 2013

July drive yields two barrels of food
Aug 13, 2013

"RAD" Class Teaches Defense Tactics Against Assault
Jul 26, 2013

Grand Opening set for Friday, Aug. 2
Jul 25, 2013

Local singer-songwriter has CD, "Butler."
Jul 24, 2013

Birthday party guest bring shoes and boots for Mission's Thrift Store.
Jul 19, 2013

The gift will help the Mission transport residents to medical appointments, job interviews and classes.
Jul 18, 2013

Bill Harbeck spoke at the Mission's July 10 Domestic Violence Event.
Jul 15, 2013

Value Meals Mean Donations to Mission Through July 19


Jun 28, 2013

July 5 evening offers original music
Jun 28, 2013

Mission men's class helps in community
Jun 21, 2013

Resident receives life-changing donation from Strictly Dentures
Jun 20, 2013

Local musicians highlight the benefit event
Jun 17, 2013

Bill and Jillian Harbeck headline the Mission's fifth annual Domestic Violence Event on July 10
Jun 8, 2013

Check presented June 7 at S. Alpine Location
Jun 6, 2013

'Faithful, devoted partners' include corporation, church and school
Jun 4, 2013

First Friday performance is 6-9 p.m. June 7. Admission is free.
May 20, 2013

25 cents from every Potato Olés purchase benefits Mission this week.
Jan 24, 2013

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Once again this year two Rockford area Taco John’s restaurants supported Rockford Rescue Mission with holiday specials. The Machesney Park store at 8304 N. Second Street and the store at 3007 N. Main Street in Rockford donated a portion of each Nachos Navidad® sold through December 25, 2012.

Sep 24, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill.—According to recently released 2011 U.S. Census Bureau figures, the poverty rate in our country is no longer on the rise.  But that’s no consolation to the roughly 46.2 million people who remain below the official poverty line.

Aug 9, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill.—When Sherry Pitney joined Rockford Rescue Mission 30 years ago, she was one of only six employees who handled all the responsibilities that today require a staff of 90.  “We sorted clothes, wrote donation receipts, answered the phone and door, and worked alongside our shelter guests, stocking food, preparing meals and keeping the building clean and in good order.”  Serving as operations director for nearly a decade, she was appointed executive director in 2001, succeeding her husband and co-founder’s son, Perry Pitney, who left the Mission in 1999 and died in 2005. Congratulations from John Ashmen - click here to read more!
Aug 7, 2012

You can pick up a sandwich or cup of coffee from any old place, but when was the last time that sandwich or coffee actually changed someone's life? View this article to read more about Restoration Cafe!
Jul 23, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Recent record temperatures created even more burdens for people already suffering the effects of homelessness and poverty and Rockford Rescue Mission was ready to help.
Jul 23, 2012

Effects of heat wave can be brutal on the needy in Rock RiverValley

Jul 18, 2012

A HUGE Thank You to everyone at Heartland Community Church!! Your gift has been an incredible blessing to our community. We asked for help and in the blink of an eye you guys stepped up!
Jun 21, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Rockford Rescue Mission has announced it will consolidate its two MissionMart locations into a single larger facility in the former Bob’s Ace Hardware building at 2710 20th Street. The Mission will renovate the building and anticipates a grand opening early fall.

Jun 8, 2012

Rosecrance helps Vietnam-era vet reach goals after living on the streets
Jun 8, 2012

ROCKFORD — Bicyclists are invited to join the Rockford Rescue Mission’s Cycling 4 Hope fundraiser Saturday.

Jun 8, 2012

Bison Sports will host the Strikeout Hunger Youth Baseball Tournament benefiting the Rockford Rescue Mission on Saturday and Sunday at the Harlem Community Center Complex (Forest Hills Rd.).
Mar 26, 2012

We’re looking forward to learning and benefiting from Mick’s wealth of experience.  He’s a great addition to our staff and will be a tremendous representative of the Mission to the community.”―Executive Director Sherry Pitney

Jan 23, 2012

Thank you for supporting our 14th Annual Evening for Hope Telethon!

You helped raise $83,794 to help the homeless, hungry and hurting in our commuity

Nov 8, 2011

The Sleep a Night in My Box/Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser at Riverhawks Stadium in Loves Park targets a specific beneficiary...

Oct 20, 2011

Eleven volunteers from the US Banks in the northern Illinois and Beloit regions organized the Mission's pantry shelves and storeroom.

Aug 10, 2011

Rockford Rescue Mission is running out of meat - beef, poultry and pork -and is issuing a request to the community for help.  The Mission uses nearly 60 pounds of meat per day (nearly 22,000 pounds per year) in the meals it serves to those who come to the Mission for food or shelter. Currently their freezer is holding enough to last for only two to three weeks.

Midsummer's Night Ride was a BIG Success: 141 riders and raised over $3,900!!

Rescue Mission Barbering Ministry Gets People Back on Track: Something as simple as a haircut can help people in need.

Mission Cleans Up Downtown Rockford:
Guests of Rockford Rescue Mission give back to the community.

Former Mission Staff Graduates to Heaven:
Dr. Patrick Clinton passed away after a two year battle with brain cancer.

YouthBuild and U.S. Representative Mark Kirk Serve at the Mission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., these Rockford young people teamed up with one of our political leaders to serve others.

Local Company Donates Thousands to Area Charities: Anderson Packaging wrapped up it's Project E.L.L.F. campaign by giving away $92,000 to local charities, including Rockford Rescue Mission.

Rockford and Belvidere Warming Sites Announced:
Find out where you can come in out of the cold this winter.


Christmas Dinner at Rockford Rescue Mission:
Hundreds of people going through tough times will be treated to an early Christmas dinner at the Mission.


Local Union and Students Team Up to Help Families in Need:
Harlem High School's DECA class and local UAW collect food and raise money for Christmas dinner.

Thank You for Making Christmas Brighter for Kids:
Rockford Rescue Mission was proud to host the Rockford Register Star's Empty Stocking program again this Christmas to help children in need enjoy a better Christmas.

Tour de Frost Raises Money for Rockford Rescue Mission
: a unique, snowy bicycle ride in December raised more than $1000 for the Mission.

Burlington Coat Factory Collects Donated Jackets Through January 17:
The Burlington Coat Factory Store in Machesney Park partners with One Warm Coat and Good Morning America for the fourth annual Coat Drive.

Everyone's Invited to Thanksgiving Feast:
Annual Thanksgiving Banquet is for homeless, hurting and lonely people in the community.

More Families Need Help From Rockford Rescue Mission:
Rockford reflects trends seen across the country.

SLEEP/WALK: Help the Homeless and Rockford Rescue Mission
: The Mission created a unique opportunity to learn a little about homelessness while raising funds for life changing programs.

Rockford Mission Guests Cleaning Up Rockford:
Guests staying at the Mission give back to the community through the Mission's "Clean Sweep" program

Hundreds of Bras to be Donated to Women in Need:
Rockford Rescue Mission distributes hundred of bras to women who might not otherwise afford them thanks to the new non-profit, Breast Oasis.

Rockford Rescue Mission Loses Founder:
Reverend G.O. Pitney passed away after battling Parkinson's disease for several years but left a lasting legacy.

Living in Poverty: Rockford Rescue Mission is Here to Help:
The recent census report indicating poverty numbers is no surprise to the Mission.