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Rockford Rescue Mission assistance programs.

The primary programs from the Rockford Rescue Mission are emergency shelter, crisis support, food, medical care, and information on job training. Staff from the faith based organization work to assist the homeless and very poor in the area. To learn more on resources available, stop by or call 715 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102, dial (815) 965-5332. More information is also below.

Meals and food assistance is for the very poor and homeless. Each and every day at the local Mission, a free hot and nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served. It is really available for anyone from the Winnebago Counyu community, men, women, and children that are hungry. Hundreds of meals may be served per day, and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, special holiday banquets and gift baskets are also served during the holidays, including Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you can, please contribute to the Rockford Rescue Mission. Donations may be brought to the entrance on the north side of the building. Or dial the agency to learn more, including how to volunteer.

Rockford Rescue Mission Women's Crisis Center is shelter and emergency, short term housing for dozens of women, children, and moms with children. The organization coordinates food, safe shelter, gently used clothing, and other basic needs. Self-efficiency from the Rescue Mission is life-skills training, case management, community resources and free medical services. The Rescue Mission will also help coordinate services for children, including emergency daycare and public schooling. A free breakfast and lunch is also available at the Mission's main facility, Hope Place with a dinner being served at Women's Crisis Center.

Men from the community also have a dedicated Crisis Center. This is located at 715 West State Street. Males can also receive free safe shelter, clothing, referrals, food and medical care. Or look into case management programs.

Life Recovery addresses issues such as domestic violence issues, dependency or destructive relationships. Assistance is for women, men and children who are faced with desperate circumstances. Some of the Missions services are general life skills application, recovery and relapse prevention training, employment and other mentoring, as well as health care/physical fitness. A main goal of the recovery process is to put people into place to gain benefits. Also, in some cases, child care assistance is available for female clients with children.




Free medical care from the Hope Clinic can keep the very low income and homeless healthy. The community clinic offers a well-rounded health care program of free nursing, medical, chiropractic and even dental care. The Rescue Mission currently operates the only free dental clinic in the Rockford Illinois area. The volunteer efforts of nurses, physicians and dedicated health professionals, as well as the donations of pharmaceuticals from companies, enable the medical care to be offered.

People from the Rockford-area community who lack health or dental insurance can also get help from the Hope Clinic. The locations provides free medical and dental services to them, if they meet other conditions. Potential applicants can get a referral from their church, a social service group, or call the Hope Clinic directly at (815) 965-5332.

The Rescue Mission's Innovative Education Center helps women and men in the Life Recovery Programs (per above) improve their writing, reading, math, memory, language, and problem solving skills. Participants of the program may even also receive a high school diploma or study for their G.E.D. if they complete the requirements.

These services will help graduates of their recovery programs prepare for employment and the competitive Illinois workforce. This includes assistance with preparing for job interviews, and writing resumes. Other help is from work-therapy assignments that teach accountability, appropriate workplace communication skills, and responsibility.

More general community outreach is available. The non-profit offers support to women who have experienced destructive relationships or domestic violence. Regular workshops from the Rockford Rescue Mission are held to offer practical tools and information to those that find themselves in these situations. The names of some of these program are Family Matters and others. Call for more details.



By Jon McNamara


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