Online Staff Report
April 16, Rockford Rescue Mission became the recipient of two new 15-passenger vans, made possible through a donation of $69,000 from the PACCAR Foundation. The 2012 Chevy Express 3500 vans were purchased from Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.
The vehicles will replace older ones that have been in use for more than a decade and are showing typical signs of wear and tear. They are used to transport Mission residents to medical and dental appointments, job interviews, recreational activities, GED testing and church services. In all, the vehicles make more than 100 trips each month.
“Most importantly, the safety and comfort of our staff, residents and volunteers who use the vans are a top priority,” said Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “We feel so blessed that the PACCAR Foundation chose to assist the Mission in this way, by providing the funds necessary to purchase these vehicles that are vital to our programs and services.”
PACCAR Parts Distribution Center Manager Scott Tipping said his organization was pleased to make the contribution.
“Rockford Rescue Mission provides such a tremendous service to this community,” Tipping said. “We’re happy we were able to help them continue their outreach to our neighbors who are homeless or in need.”
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the Rockford community. The Mission can be reached at (815) 965-5332 or online at rockfordrescuemission.org.
Posted May 1, 2013