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Welcome to Rockford Rescue Mission

A Message from our CEO Sherry Pitney

Hello and welcome to Rockford Rescue Mission!

In 2023, the Mission celebrates 59 years of serving people who are hurting. Homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse remain significant pain points in Rockford and our surrounding communities. We believe in care and recovery for the whole person—physically, mentally and spiritually. Most importantly, we believe no one is beyond the love, care and hope of Jesus Christ. Every person bears the image of God and is worthy of compassion and true help.


If you are hurting, please know that you are not alone. I think back to a season in my own life when everything was falling apart. It was a scary, awful time. Yet, today I can see Jesus in it all—sitting with me in my struggles, in my pain, in my fear. At Rockford Rescue Mission, many of our staff and volunteers have experienced the kind of life transformation we now work and pray for in others. We are driven by the hope of that transformation, for now and for eternity.


Your prayer, financial and volunteer support make this work possible. Our Mission residents and guests feel blessed and encouraged, knowing they have neighbors, churches and businesses standing beside them and supporting their recovery. If you haven’t already, please consider partnering with us. Your impact will last for eternity.




Sherry Pitney, CEO

Our Leadership Team

Sherry Pitney
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Fosler
Chief Operations Officer
Shannon Sohl
Chief Administrative Officer
Ted Tomita
Chief Development Officer
Josh Zimmerman
Chief Program Officer
Jan Danaher
Finance Director
Eric Dykstra
Homeless / Recovery Services Director
Radeance Grover
Retail Director
Mike Hedrick
Outreach Services Director
Peter Hilden
Facilities Director
Teresa Reeverts
Program Support Services Director
Pam Tomita
Aftercare / Alumni Services Director
Jennifer Jacobs
Hope Clinic Supervisor
Charmel Jacobs
Volunteer Supervisor
Abner Arevalo
Recovery Services Supervisor
Leona Tennin
Homeless Services Supervisor

Our Board of Directors

Ann Dittmar | Chair
Retired: Attorney

David Davitt | Vice Chair
Attorney: Davitt Law Office, PLLC

Doug Warren | Treasurer
Trust Officer: Midland States Bank

Char Remer | Secretary
Retired: School Administrator

Rev. Robert David Aldridge
Retired: Presbyterian Pastor

Ronald Billy, Jr.
Architect: 1919 Architects

Tim Clauson
Playground Director: Kids Around the World

Warren Slabaugh
President: Heartwood Creations

Noel Sterett
Attorney: Dalton & Tomich

Stan Valiulis
President: Sub-Source

Council of Elders

Rev. Robert David Aldridge
Retired Presbyterian Pastor

Rev. Peder Carlson
Retired Presbyterian Pastor

Rev. Gordon E. Hanstad
Retired Baptist General Conference Pastor

Rev. Mark Hunter
Interim Pastor: Total Faith Community Church

Pastor Lee McClanathan
Retired Pastor

Richard Todd
CEO, Todd Transit

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