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Heat brings spike in attendance at Rockford Rescue Mission

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The recent heat has brought on an upswing in attendance for the Rockford Rescue Mission, causing a need for donations.

The mission has opened its men's and women's crisis centers to homeless and anyone else who needs to get out of the heat and into air conditioning, and has passed out bottled water in an effort to keep people hydrated. Lunch attendance has also increased by almost 40 percent during the recent heat wave.

High area unemployment and child-poverty rates have also increased mission attendance. The mission provides assistance with shelter, food, and other life essentials to those in need. "At 10.4 percent, the unemployment rate here in the Rockford area is the highest in the Midwest and among the highest in the nation, and we have the highest child-poverty rate among the ten largest cities in Illinois," Executive Director Sherry Pitney said. "It's critical that we do everything we can—not only this summer, but all through the year—to help break the cycle of destitution and homelessness."

The mission usually sees a downswing in donations during the summer months, but is in great need of them this year due to increased traffic. Donations can be made online at www.RockfordRescueMission.org.

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