“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,...

I quit my factory job in South Beloit in March 2020 – unfortunately, just a few days before the lockdown started. I regretted the decision, of course, because when everything shut down it was hard to get another job. I got a few odd jobs...

It seems like I fell out of the sky and landed in the safety net that is Rockford Rescue Mission. I’m from Rockford, but I got a commercial driver’s license and moved to Florida in 2004 to be a truck driver. I lost my CDL during...

  Lisa lost custody of her children as she battled an addiction that destroyed her marriage and left her homeless. Then she fell into a relationship with a man who was abusive, and a tent was their only means of shelter. Her drinking escalated. Her health...

At times during the pandemic, volunteers could not work at the Mission. In order to keep serving three meals a day to our residents, guests and community, our Life Recovery residents heroically rose to the occasion.   Bobbie / Women’s Life Recovery resident ‘We can do this. We’ve got...

Tiffany & George's Story:  Tiffany and her 8-year-old son, George, are two of the 685 women and children who stayed at Rockford Rescue Mission’s Women’s Crisis Center in 2019. Sadly, Tiffany’s story of trauma is all too common. Trapped in a toxic relationship, her life was threatened...

  Rex’s Story: I have a new name People used to call me names. Reckless. Loser. Nobody. Let me tell you how God transformed me into a man I thought I could never be.  I shouldn’t even be here. I overdosed five times during a 10-year struggle. I...