Rockford Rescue Mission to participate in Recovery Rally on the Rock Sept. 24

Staff Report

In observance of National Recovery Month, Rockford Rescue Mission will participate in the Third Annual Recovery Rally on the Rock, Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Trolley Station on North Madison Street in downtown Rockford.

Now in its 22nd year, National Recovery Month highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives through long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. The annual September celebration also promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective recovery services for those in need.

Recovery Rally on the Rock is a fun, family-friendly event filled with music, speakers and food, and opportunities to meet and learn more about local providers of recovery programs and services. Staff members from Rockford Rescue Mission’s Women’s Recovery Program will be on hand to provide information on the changing face of substance abuse and the Mission’s efforts to help men and women overcome addictions and return successfully to society. More than 200 individuals each year receive Christ-centered counseling, life-skills courses and vocational training through the Mission’s long-term residential recovery program.

We’re pleased to be part of this event once again this year as it allows us to join forces

with other providers of services that help men and women live full and productive lives,” said Rockford Rescue Mission Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “The ongoing support the Mission receives from the Rockford community has such a tremendous impact on our ability to restore hope and rebuild lives, and this is one small way we can show appreciation for that partnership.”

The rally is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can also take advantage of their last opportunity to ride the Forest City Queen for the 2011 season.

More information on the Mission’s programs and services can be found online at

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