Rockford Rescue Mission expands program to help homeless obtain jobs

ROCKFORD — Rockford Rescue Mission leaders and partners are hoping a newly expanded program will help break the cycle of joblessness and homelessness in the Rockford region.

The Works! Center isn’t a new building or a new program, but an expansion of the agency’s existing Life Recovery Program for men and women. Instead of being confined to individuals seeking assistance from Rockford Rescue Mission, the skills-development program now is open to men and women who are referred there by partners such as Carpenter’s Place, Rockford Housing Authority and Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry.

“This is broad, community-based now,” said Sherry Pitney, executive director of Rockford Rescue Mission.