When I went to prison for armed robbery, certain people caught my attention because I knew them from the streets. They had changed. Now they were talking to me about God and about the Bible. “Whatever,” I told them. But to myself, I wondered: I...

Several years ago, I looked around the cheap hotel room where I was living and thought: This is my life? Really? I thought my full story was already written — a rough childhood, a prison term, broken relationships and decades of heavy drinking.  I wanted help,...

Everything good happened for me when I walked into Rockford Rescue Mission and made the decision to change my life. I had been in drug addiction for five years, bouncing back and forth between Rockford and Beloit. As long as I had a few dollars to...

Singer-songwriter Amy Grant’s farm in Franklin, Tenn., has become a place of healing. The Hidden Trace Retreat provides a place where women feel God’s presence and the freedom to share their stories. It's a place where they can be known, and it’s OK. “The peace of...

“Dad, you’re nothing but a crackhead. I don't ever want to see you again.” My son was 15, and he was right. He and my ex-wife had come to my apartment and found me getting high, again. I’d been a functional addict for more than two decades,...

As the number of drug overdose deaths continues to break records in Winnebago County, Rockford Rescue Mission is asking for the community’s partnership in directing people to its life-changing services. The Mission is offering postcards outlining the comprehensive help available through its Life Recovery Program. Rockford...