The Rockford Rescue Mission received a $1,500 grant from the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club which will assist in furnishing the Mission’s youth study room.
The study room is planned as part of the building of Pitney Place which will expand the capacity of the Mission’s emergency shelter and long-term program for women and children.
“We’re honored that the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club recognizes the needs of the homeless youth in our care and has chosen to partner with us. The absence of a stable living environment and limited access to learning tools can have a devastating impact on educational outcomes for these boys and girls. We want to ensure we provide them with every opportunity for academic achievement, including a safe, dedicated environment equipped with the educational tools they need for success,” said the Mission’s Executive Director Sherry Pitney.
The funds from the grant will be used to acquire study tables, chairs and bookshelves.
The Mission, which is often at capacity, can currently house up to 76 women and children, with the expansion that number is expected to grow to 120.
“We are grateful for this funding from the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club which will help the Mission provide a comfortable space for our young guests to study and learn. Their generous gift will impact the lives of so many homeless youth now and in the future,” said Pitney.
For more information on Rockford Rescue Mission’s programs and services or to make a donation online, visit rockfordrescuemission.org.