About Us

Meet Our Leadership

Welcome to Rockford Rescue Mission

A Message from our CEO Sherry Pitney

Hello and welcome to Rockford Rescue Mission!

In 2022, we marked 58 years of serving the homeless and hurting.
Sadly, homelessness and addiction remain significant challenges in our region. Meanwhile, we are continually challenged not only to persevere, but also to prayerfully innovate as we continue to serve our community.

While Rockford Rescue Mission has changed significantly since 1964, our mission never changes: We share hope and help in Jesus’ name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness.

Our Crisis Centers provide food and shelter to over one hundred men, women and children each day.

Our Life Recovery Programs
offer long-term, Christ-centered help and hope for men and women struggling with addiction, domestic violence and other desperate circumstances.

We believe in “whole person” care — always with Christ at the center. To that end, we offer an amazing range of services that people usually don’t equate with a rescue mission. These include:

Works! Center: Tutoring, training and testing for academic assessment or the workplace.

Hope Clinic: Free medical, nursing, chiropractic and dental care.

Performing Arts Center: Offers exploration of music and the arts as wonderful creative outlets.

Thrift Store: Provides the community with high-quality donated goods, while generating 10% of the Mission’s annual funding.

Your prayer, financial and volunteer support make all of this 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
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
Abby Finley
Marketing & Communications 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
Rhonda Martin
Recovery Services Supervisor
Chris Patterson
Works! Center Supervisor
Leona Tennin
Homeless Services Supervisor

Our Board of Directors

Ann Dittmar | Chair
Retired: Attorney

David Davitt | Vice Chair
Attorney: Schlueter Ecklund & Davitt

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

Laura Ortiz
Retired: ComEd Human Resources

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

Pastor Lee McClanathan
Retired Pastor

Richard Todd
CEO, Todd Transit

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Your generous gifts touch and change lives. Just $2.05 feeds one hungry person in the Rock River Valley.