March 27, 2020

Please note these updated Community Meal times:

 

7:00 – We seat WCC, WLR and MLR
7:30 – We seat Men’s Crisis
6:3-7 – Community breakfast distribution

 

11:00 – We seat WCC, WLR and MLR
11:40 – We seat Men’s Crisis
11:30a – 12p Community lunch distribution

 

4:30 – We seat WCC, WLR and MLR
5:10 – We seat Men’s Crisis
5-5:30 – Community dinner distribution

 

(WCC – Womens Crisis Center, MCC – Men’s Crisis Center, MLR – Men’s Life Recovery, WLR – Women’s Life Recovery)

March 23, 2020

Rockford Rescue Mission continues to provide essential services to the community!

 

Our reception office will be closed until April 7 at 8:00 a.m. There will be no one to greet you at our main entrance.

 

Food donations can be taken to our Food Service entrance off Mulberry St.

 

Financial donations can be brought to the Mission’s front entrance where instructions will be posted about calling staff to meet you OR given directly here online.

 

 

General Operations

 

Meal Services: All of our meals are being prepared “to-go” style. We have temporarily suspended dining to our community guests but are handing out to-go meals for them through our Meal entrance door. Our overnight Crisis Center guests are receiving a “to-go” meal in our Great Room where we are practicing 6 ft. social distancing at our meal tables. The meals are being placed at the tables prior to guests entering for the meal. Meal times are as follows:

 

Breakfast: Recovery Programs 7:00 am; Crisis Center Programs 7:30 am; Community to go meals are handed out at 7:00 am.

 

Lunch: Recovery Programs 11:00 am, Crisis Center Program 11:50 am; Community to go lunches are handed out at noon.

 

Dinner: Recovery Programs 4:30 pm; Crisis Center Programs 5:00 pm; Community to go dinners are handed out at 5:30 pm.

 

Food Donations: Received at the Food Service entrance (off Mulberry St.) Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Crisis Centers: Open and available 24/7. Beds are limited to the physical bed capacity at this time (Women & Children 61- Men 61). Guests are sleeping head to toe and we have placed moveable seating options in our dayrooms to ensure we are maintaining 6 ft social distancing at all times.

 

Life Recovery: We are continuing to serve our residents who are in the program. At this time, we are not doing intakes for any new applicants during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Works! Center: We have temporarily suspended services to individuals in the community and our Crisis Center guests.

 

Hope Clinic: We have temporarily suspended services to individuals in the community. Our nurse is on site Monday through Friday to provide medical services to our Crisis Center guests and Life Recovery residents.

 

 

Volunteer Program

 

Rockford Rescue Mission has suspended all volunteer activities until further notice.

 

 

Donations

 

All general donations are currently suspended.

 

Emergency Donations/Food: Donations listed on our monthly needs list and donations that are considered emergency can be dropped off at 715 W. State Street, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:00 pm. Please follow the instructions on the door as our receptionist will not be on duty. Food donations may be brought to the Food Service entrance off Mulberry St. Hours and times are Monday to Friday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm.) and Saturday (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

 

Current emergency needs are:

  1. To-go meal packing supplies (paper lunch sacks, sandwich bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc.)
  2. Bread, luncheon meats for sandwiches, cheese slices, individually wrapped snack crackers with cheese or peanut butter, individually wrapped cookies (actually, anything individually wrapped), small bags of chips, fruit cups, bottled water, juice boxes or pouches . . . basically anything that one would use to pack a to go meal.
  3. Cleaning Supplies (Lysol wipes, Lysol spray, bleach, etc.)
  4. Toilet Paper
  5. Cold/Cough medications without dextromorphanHBR
  6. Vicks VapoRub
  7. Cough Drops
  8. Individual Hand Sanitizers

 

Financial Gifts are needed and can be given directly here online or dropped off at our main entrance at 715 West State St. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please follow instructions on door signage and staff will come to meet you.

 

 

RRM Enterprises

 

Rockford Rescue Mission has two enterprises that help support the Mission. 100% of proceeds from both stores support the free programs at Rockford Rescue Mission.

 

Nettie’s Mercantile: Our Grand Opening has been postponed to a date to be determined later. The Drive Thru is also closed and there is no grab and go available until further notice. Nettie’s Mercantile is located at 625 W. State St. Phone is 815-977-4361 and can be found on Facebook and Instagram or on our website rockfordrescuemission.org.

 

Thrift Store: Thrift Store is closed for shopping and donations until further notice. Thrift Store is located at 2710 20th St. Phone is 815-316-0607 and can be found on Facebook or on our website at rockfordrescuemission.org.

 

 

COVID-19 Questions

 

If there are any COVID-19 questions as it pertains to Rockford Rescue Mission, please connect with Marketing and Communications Director, Crystal Savage at 815-316-4195 or crystalsavage@rockfordrescuemission.org or Sherry Pitney at 815-316-4154 or sherrypitney@rockfordrescuemission.org.

March 17, 2020

As of March 17, Rockford Rescue Mission is making the following modifications to our daily operations:

 

1. After prayerful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend Works! Center and Hope Clinic services to our community guests. Those sheltering in our Crisis Centers and participating in our Life Recovery Programs will still have access to both services.

 

All previous modifications and adjustments are still in place and are listed at the end of this email.

 

Please continue to pray for the safety of Rockford Rescue Mission staff and volunteers as well as the men, women and children Rockford Rescue Mission serves.  Pray that the LORD would build a hedge around the Mission to protect those who work here and those who come to find hope and help.  Pray for wisdom for Mission leadership to make critical decisions as circumstances arise. 
 
Please pray for the smooth transition and the adjustments that must be made due to the COVID-19.  Pray for discernment in the event that programs need to deviate from their normal daily operating.  Pray for the programs that are vital to the safety of the community.
 
Rockford Rescue Mission is the only place where a member of the public can go to obtain an evening meal.  The Mission, however, can no longer serve in-house meals to the community at large, much as the restaurants have been instructed to close their doors.  Accordingly, the Mission has had to adjust and change its meal program so that meals are prepared to go for those hungry in our community who are not receiving overnight services.

 

Every night the Mission shelters an average of 175 men, women and children.  The Mission continues to serve 600 meals daily.  The Mission is in dire need of the following items:

  • Paper Lunch Sacks
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Bread
  • Luncheon meats
  • Cheese slices
  • Individually Wrapped Snack Crackers
  • Individually Wrapped Desserts
  • Small Bags Of Chips
  • Fruit Cups
  • Bottled Water
  • Juice Boxes or Pouches

 

 

Donations can be brought to Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 E. State Street, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Monetary donations to purchase these essential items are always welcome. Thank you for your prayers and support as the Mission serves the most vulnerable in our community.
 

 

All previous modifications and adjustments are still in place.  They include:

  • All meals for our community guests (those not receiving nightly services) will be prepared to go.  We still need volunteers to help with these efforts.
  • We are practicing strong social distancing.  We have rearranged our dining room to have individuals sit at least 6 ft. apart.
  • Our overnight guests and residents will still be receiving on site meals.  However, we are no longer serving from our buffet line.  All meals will be individually prepared in to go boxes and will be distributed to seated individuals.  We will no longer have individuals lining up for meals.
  • Our Men’s and Women’s Crisis dayrooms are being rearranged and being provided with alternative movable seating options to allow for adequate social distancing.
  • All guests sheltering in the bunk rooms will be sleeping head to toe.
  • We have intensified our facilities’ daily cleaning regimen to ensure that our cleaning supplies and practices exceed CDC guidelines.
  • All areas have been supplied with informational signage and posters for heightened awareness and education of our guests, residents, volunteers and staff.
  • At this time, we are not allowing any new groups to volunteer at Rockford Rescue Mission. We are continuing to engage with our faithful groups but limiting the number of volunteers and visitors to 12 per group. Volunteers also will be provided with screening to ensure the health and safety of all.
  • We will continue to accept donations. We strongly encourage that ALL general donations be taken to our Thrift Store (drop-off between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday). The only items that should be dropped off at the main Mission building are items on our needs list, emergency asks (such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper) and food donations. These donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No donations can be accepted through our program areas.
  • We are encouraging staff and volunteers who are sick to stay home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • We continue emphasize to all who come to RRM:
  • Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or with heart and respiratory issues.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Don’t shake hands. Follow 6 ft social distancing.  Be sure to wave and smile to greet others!
  • Get your flu shots.

 

Partners in Hope,

Rockford Rescue Mission Leadership

March 16, 2020

Rockford Rescue Mission would like to thank our community for all their support and prayers during this challenging time for our guests, residents, volunteers and staff.  We are going to continue to provide updates as our operations are modified to keep everyone at the Mission safe. 

 

We have been proactively reaching out to the Winnebago County Health Department and have been working with Todd Marshall, Director of Environment Health.  As of 3/16/20, Rockford Rescue Mission is making the following modifications to our daily operations:

  • All meals for our community guests (those not receiving nightly services) will be prepared to go. 
  • We are practicing strong social distancing.  We have rearranged our dining room to be able to have individuals sit at least 6 ft. apart.
  • Our overnight guests and residents will still be receiving on site meals with us.  However, we are no longer serving off from our buffet line.  All meals will be individually prepared in to go boxes and will be distributed to seated individuals.  We will no longer have individuals lining up for meals.
  • Our Men’s and Women’s Crisis dayrooms are being rearranged and being provided with alternative movable seating options to allow for adequate social distancing.
  • All guests sheltering in the bunk rooms will be sleeping head to toe.

 

All previous modifications and adjustments are still in place.  They include:

  • We have intensified our facilities’ daily cleaning regimen to ensure that our cleaning supplies and practices exceed CDC guidelines.
  • All areas are being supplied with informational signage and posters for heightened awareness and education of our guests, residents, volunteers and staff.
  • At this time, we are not allowing any new groups to volunteer at Rockford Rescue Mission. We are continuing to engage with our faithful groups but limiting the number of volunteers and visitors to 12 per group. Volunteers also will be provided with screening to ensure the health and safety of all.
  • We will continue to accept donations. We strongly encourage that ALL general donations be taken to our Thrift Store (drop-off between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday). The only items that should be dropped off at the main Mission building are items on our needs list, emergency asks (such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper) and food donations. These donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No donations can be accepted through our program areas.
  • We are encouraging staff and volunteers who are sick to stay home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

 

We continue emphasize to all who come to RRM:

  • Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or with heart and respiratory issues.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Don’t shake hands. Follow 6 ft social distancing.  Be sure to wave and smile to greet others!
  • Get your flu shots.

 

Last night we housed 167 men, women and children and we are still serving nearly 600 meals daily.  We are humbly asking our community for the following emergency donations (please bring these donations to 715 W. State St Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm):

  • To-go food packing items (brown paper bags, sandwich bags, to-go containers, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc.)
  • Food donations (anything easy for to-go lunches such as sandwich meats, bread, individual chips, fruit cups, juice boxes, bottled water, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes and sprays

 

We are truly in need of these items to continue to care for one of our communities most vulnerable populations- the homeless and hungry

 

Our prayers are with our community and our Nation; especially our fellow small business owners who are feeling the tremendous impact of this virus.  Our new store, Nettie’s Mercantile (625 W. State St) will not be opening as anticipated on March 20th BUT our drive-thru is open and eager to help serve our community Monday through Friday from 7 am to 1 pm.  Our Thrift Store continues to be in operation to receive all other donations as well as shopping.  Thrift Store provides a significant revenue stream for Rockford Rescue Mission daily operations.

 

Thank you all for your support and prayers, not only in this challenging time, but always.  Please pray protection over Rockford Rescue Mission and the hundreds of souls we care for daily- may of whom have compromised health.

 

Mission friends, as a reminder we receive no United Way or government funding.  We trust our Lord to sustain this critical work and service to our community as He has for 56 years.  Our good God is in control and faithful to provide, heal and sustain through you, our partners in hope.

 

Partners in Hope,

Rockford Rescue Mission Leadership

 

P.S.

For the most up-to-date information we are asking for individuals to please go to our website rockfordrescuemission.org, our Facebook page or call 815-965-5332 to have your email address added to our e-blast listing.

March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Concerns and Rockford Rescue Mission

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we realize that you might have questions regarding your hungry and homeless neighbors finding hope at Rockford Rescue Mission. Winnebago County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 15. But, here at the Mission we are monitoring advice from the Centers for Disease Control and taking precautionary measures. 

We have implemented the following:

  • We have intensified our facilities’ daily cleaning regimen to ensure that our cleaning supplies and practices exceed CDC guidelines.
  • All areas are being supplied with informational signage and posters for heightened awareness and education of our guests, residents, volunteers and staff.
  • At this time, we are not allowing any new groups to volunteer at Rockford Rescue Mission.  We are continuing to engage with our faithful groups but limiting the number of volunteers and visitors to 12 per group. Volunteers also will be provided with screening to ensure the health and safety of all. 
  • We will continue to accept donations. We strongly encourage that ALL general donations be taken to our Thrift Store (drop-off between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday). The only items that should be dropped off at the main Mission building are items on our needs list, emergency asks (such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper) and food donations. These donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No donations can be accepted through our program areas.
  • We are encouraging staff and volunteers who are sick to stay home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

Not a Time for Fear

Many people are alarmed, confused or angry right now. Good information is available, including from reputable news outlets. But dwelling on this information for hours on end can lead to fear. Be especially careful with social media and secondhand sources of information.

This past week, our Chief Program Officer attended the Citygate Network DC Forum in Washington D.C.  While there, he attended a briefing with Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Adams emphasized that this is not a time to succumb to fear but to remember:

  • Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or with heart and respiratory issue.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Don’t shake hands. Tap elbows if a physical connection is important.
  • Get your flu shots.

During this season of uncertainty, we continue to lean on God’s Word and His promises. We continue to share the Good News with every soul who walks through our doors, and we continue to rejoice in lives being transformed by the Lord. We also are keeping the leadership of our nation and community in our prayers, and we ask that you please keep our guests, residents, volunteers and staff in yours.  The Lord holds us in His hands and we trust Him every day.

 

Partners in Hope,
Rockford Rescue Mission Leadership