Mission Offers Solution in Helping People Who Ask for Handouts

Extreme weather, coupled with a 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 training classes.

Cards may be obtained in any of three ways: