07 Jun Mission offers solution in helping people who ask for handouts
Warmer weather, coupled with a 2021 federal court decision lifting a ban on panhandling,
has sent an increasing number of people to Rockford intersections soliciting donations.
Rockford Rescue Mission has created “Get Help” cards for concerned citizens to give to
people seeking help.
“These interactions can present an uncomfortable situation for kind-hearted neighbors who
want to help, but who aren’t sure whether requests for money are legitimate,” said Sherry
Pitney, Rockford Rescue Mission CEO. “We suggest handing someone a snack and a bottle of
water, and also one of our cards. The cards direct the person to the Mission, where we are
equipped to serve them well.”
The cards provide information about all the life-changing services the Mission provides —
including shelter, free and nutritious meals, spiritual guidance and educational or vocational
Cards may be obtained in any of three ways:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address. The
Mission will gladly mail you cards.
- Pick up a stack at the Mission, 715 W. State St.
- Download and print a PDF page from rockfordrescuemission.org