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Homeless people search for warmth during cold spell


A growing number of people in the Rockford area who don't have a roof over their head this winter are turning to local charities for help.

The Rockford Rescue Mission has seen a spike of people at its shelters. Many homeless people who live on the streets during the warmer months can't do that in the freezing conditions.

While the Mission is used to and prepares for the influx of people this time of year, donations are always needed.

"We definitely want people to think about water proof. You know a lot of times they'll bring in knitted things which are great to keep you warm but when they get wet it's hard out in the elements so waterproof gloves, waterproof boots those types of things," said Chris Eldridge, Rockford Rescue  Mission Director of Development.

Below is a list of the warming centers in the Rockford area.

Winnebago County:

Carpenter's Place

1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford


Mon-Fri 8:15am - 3:00pm

Winnebago County Justice Center

650 W. State St. Rockford

Lobby open 24 hrs/7 days a week

Women's Crisis Center

809 Cedar St. Rockford


Women and Children Only

8:00am - 5:00pm/7days a week

Public Safety Building

420 W. State St. Rockford

Lobby open if 32 degrees or below

Mon-Fri 7:00am - 5:00pm

Rockford Rescue Mission

715 W. State St.


24 hrs/7 days a week

Meals served 3 times per day at

7:00am - Noon - 5:30pm

Pecatonica Village Hall

405 Main St. Pecatonica

Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm

Village of Machesney Park

300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park

Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

Harlem Community Center

900 Roosevelt Rd., Machesney Park

Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

Bay View Community Room

238 Northway Park Rd., Machesney Park

Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Boone County:

Keen Age Center

2141 Henry Luckow Lane Belvidere

Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm


Salvation Army

422 S. Main St. Belvidere


9:00 - 11:45am 1:00-4:00pm


Belvidere Public Safety Building

615 N. Main St. Belvidere

24 hrs/7 days a week

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