Rockford Rescue Mission

Summary

Starting with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep, our services are designed to serve physical, emotional, spiritual and relational needs. Rockford Rescue Mission is recognized as the region's primary provider of assistance to the homeless, near-homeless, addicted and working poor in the Rock River Valley.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Rockford Rescue Mission
PO Box 1958
Rockford, IL 61110

Website: rockfordrescuemission.org

Phone: 815-965-5332

Email: info@rockfordrescuemission.org


Organization details

EIN: 366132381

CEO/President: Sherry Pitney

Chairman: Ann Dittmar

Board size: 10

Founder: Ray Stewart

Year founded: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2014


Purpose

Our services are designed to serve physical, emotional, spiritual and relational needs by empowering people to move from despair and hopelessness to hope and life-change. They include case management, medical, dental, and chiropractic treatment, counseling, life skills classes, spiritual mentoring, educational assessment and support, vocational training, and transition back into society. We also offer support programs to help the families of those in recovery.


Mission statement

Rockford Rescue Mission shares hope and help in Jesus' name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating491 of 725106 of 145
Fund acquisition rating553 of 726111 of 145
Resource allocation rating281 of 72664 of 145
Asset utilization rating482 of 725112 of 145

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
10%16%17%17%11%15%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
8%14%14%14%10%11%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
90%83%82%80%83%73%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
9%14%14%14%12%13%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
10%17%18%20%17%27%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
79%80%81%81%81%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%95%100%99%77%87%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%76%81%80%62%72%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%5%0%1%23%13%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%2%0%0%13%6%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%5%5%6%6%5%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.620.370.360.340.410.42
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
3.933.423.533.812.362.11
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.501.281.261.310.960.88
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.6119.6622.4020.0129.6926.26
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.050.040.050.030.04
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.248.919.138.7312.0513.19
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%10%10%11%1%2%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%8%9%9%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
144%242%252%260%241%236%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$3,776,259$3,763,851$3,213,153$3,966,296$3,958,564
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,315,221$776,853$940,758$1,412,002$1,319,762
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,091,480$4,540,704$4,153,911$5,378,298$5,278,326
Long-term investments$1,056,659$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$11,273,268$11,504,440$11,676,213$7,300,723$5,834,677
Other long-term assets$8,910$4,144$465$191$5,250
Total long-term assets$12,338,837$11,508,584$11,676,678$7,300,914$5,839,927
Total assets$17,430,317$16,049,288$15,830,589$12,679,212$11,118,253
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$258,931$202,720$207,560$181,122$201,005
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$258,931$202,720$207,560$181,122$201,005
Debt$1,403,376$1,454,768$1,500,000$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,403,376$1,454,768$1,500,000$0$0
Total liabilities$1,662,307$1,657,488$1,707,560$181,122$201,005
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$14,536,788$13,774,727$13,940,313$10,150,076$9,331,041
Temporarily restricted$131,222$517,073$182,716$2,348,014$1,586,207
Permanently restricted$1,100,000$100,000$0$0$0
Net assets$15,768,010$14,391,800$14,123,029$12,498,090$10,917,248
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$5,673,701$4,669,699$4,359,882$5,622,680$3,892,249
Program service revenue$1,190,947$1,050,951$1,119,662$1,181,033$1,171,238
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,974$7,594$5,390($5,371)$6,849
Other revenue($36,255)($15,315)($21,003)($40,221)$259,453
Total other revenue$1,173,666$1,043,230$1,104,049$1,135,441$1,437,540
Total revenue$6,847,367$5,712,929$5,463,931$6,758,121$5,329,789
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$5,230,629$4,615,069$4,369,881$4,214,552$3,812,348
Management and general$348,492$297,681$318,068$316,736$217,478
Fundraising$929,142$787,554$739,587$645,991$591,107
Total expenses$6,508,263$5,700,304$5,427,536$5,177,279$4,620,933
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$339,104$12,625$36,395$1,580,842$708,856
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$339,104$12,625$36,395$1,580,842$708,856

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Pitney CherylExecutive Director$91,922

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2015


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

1963: Ray Stewart, a recovered alcoholic, comes from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago to establish a similar mission in Rockford.

1964: Ray rents a building at 116 Kishwaukee St. for $100 a month and opens the doors of the Rockford Rescue Mission in May. The sign on the front door reads, "All are welcome here. The alcoholic, the addict, the stranger, the sojourner, the pilgrim, the poor. There is hope for all who enter here."

1965: At Ray Stewart's recommendation, the Board appoints his pastor, Rev. G.O. Pitney with his wife, Nadine, as new director. The first newsletter is published, later called The Rescuer.

1967: All debts are paid off. Rev. Pitney appeals in The Rescuer, "Won't you help us build a modern city rescue mission which any Christian would be proud of and upon which the world would look with greater respect?"

1969: Forty to fifty churches are supporting the Mission and The Rescuer circulation reaches 2,000.

1971: The Mission buys the 21,000 square foot Germania Club at 121 South Madison St. for $30,000. The building, built in 1892 with a ballroom, bar and Rockford's first automated bowling alley, is converted into a place of refuge, redemption and recovery. The new Mission motto is: "Help all the people we can, in all the ways we can, as long as ever we can."

1974: The Mission partners with Christian Love Acres, a 60-acre farm near South Beloit, to provide work rehabilitation for the men through doing chores, caring for animals, buying and selling hay and painting tractors.

1975: Women and children are included in outreach services; a literacy program began, and free clothing is distributed to the needy through Family Day program.

1979: The abandoned Poole Hotel at 730 West State St. and the house behind it on Elm Street are purchased from Salvation Army for $10,000 to care for women and families. "Ye Rescue Shoppe" opens in a rented building at 309 Seventh St. to sell donated goods to support the Mission. Mission founder Ray Stewart dies in an auto accident. In tribute, G.O. Pitney writes, "If it had not been for Ray Stewart, there would not be a Rockford Rescue Mission."

1980: A house at 723 Elm St. is purchased for $32,000 for staff housing and "Kiddie Kare" children's ministry.

1982: Perry Pitney (oldest son of G.O. and Nadine Pitney) and his wife, Sherry, are hired to lead the programs (Perry is named Associate Director in 1984 and Director in 1987).

1984: "The Pitney Family Gospel Singers" begin touring to give concerts in order to raise awareness and funds for the Mission.

1985: The Christian Care Center, with eighteen rooms for women and children's recovery, is dedicated after six years of renovations.

1987: "The Pitneys" are named "Contemporary Gospel Bluegrass Group of the Year" by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

1988: "The Helping Hand" at 125 Madison St. opens to distribute free food and clothing to those in need.

1992: An area auto dealer donates a 46,000 square foot building at 1201 Broadway, which is later sold for $119,000 to be designated as a building fund.

1994: The Mission purchases and develops 42 acres in Southwest Rockford for a children's day camp and recreational/agricultural programs known as Mission Acres.

1995: The Rockford Register Star presents the Mission with its Excelsior Award for outstanding contribution to the community.

The Launch of Hope Place

1996: The Mission purchases 5.5 acres of property at 600 and 700 West State St. for $150,000 from Bill Hembrough Buick, which includes a gift in kind of $392,000. "Ye Rescue Shoppe" is sold and the Mission opens a new thrift store, "Keepers Unlimited" at 1405 Kishwaukee St.

1998: "The Pitneys" win the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Award for Best Christian music group. Nadine Pitney receives the YWCA Marcella Harris Award for Community Service.

1999: The Mission relocates to Hope Place. This new facility is made possible by a $4.5 million capital campaign. The Women's Crisis Center, Hope Clinic and a second thrift store are opened. The staff increases to 102 employees. G.O. and Nadine Pitney retire.

2000: Perry Pitney resigns, and Dr. Pat Clinton becomes interim director. The Innovative Education Center opens, and community outreach support groups are launched.

2001: Keepers Unlimited opens a third thrift store at Southgate Shopping Center. Sherry Pitney is appointed Executive Director.

2002: The Mission is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services as a State Certified Recovery Home. Hope Dental Clinic opens.

2004: The Mission celebrates its 40th anniversary. Rescuing the Raggedy Man: The History of Rockford Rescue Mission by Perry Pitney and Jim Killam is published.

2005: Former Executive Director Perry Pitney is killed in an auto accident.

2009: The building at 625 West State St. is renovated to house Restoration Cafe, a vocational training center and cafe open to the public. The Mission's "Mother of Rescue," Nadine Pitney, dies after a long battle with cancer. The Mission celebrates 10 years at Hope Place and 45 years of ministry. The Mission receives the Spirit of Caring Award from Crusader Community Health.

2010: Rev. G.O. Pitney dies at age 80 after battling Parkinson's Disease for 26 years. The block of Horsman Street between State Street and Mulberry Street is designated "Pitney Place" in honor of G.O. and Nadine Pitney.

2011: The Mission expands its State Street campus with the purchase of the building at 212 N. Rockton Ave. to accommodate needs of the facilities department.

2012: The Mission purchases the former 56,000 square foot Bob's Hardware to expand the Thrift Store operation. The Mission receives a $750,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago to fund renovations at Hope Place.

2014: The Mission celebrates its 50th anniversary with "What's your story?" theme.

2015: The Mission receives "Partners in Success Guardian Award" from Carpenter's Place.

2016: A $7 million building expansion called Pitney Place is completed. The women and children move in May 10, 2016. The Jay and Christine Akely playground is dedicated. The former Pregnancy Care Center at 611 West State is purchased for expansion.

2017: Drive-thru to Restoration Cafe opens. The Mission opens expanded education and career program called Works! Center. Remade shop opens at 611 W. State St. The former Jay Tronics building located at 124 N. Rockton Ave. is purchased for future expansion.

2018: The William Howard and Lucille D. Dittmar Performing Arts Center opens. Men's Remade begins. Restoration Cafe wins first-place Business is Blooming award from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for its attractive and inviting exterior.

2019: The Mission celebrates its 55th anniversary. In the Works! Center, the GED testing center opens, offering hundreds of tests to increase local job seekers' employability.


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