Rockford Rescue's Newest Shelter Doesn't Meet "Aggressive" Construction Deadline

Pitney Place will likely not open until the end of April.

ROCKFORD - Construction workers continue to work on building Pitney Place in downtown Rockford days after it was expected to open.  

Rescue mission officials are dealing with delays finishing work on the 25-thousand square foot expansion.

"The reason the project is behind schedule is not because of the weather," explained Rus Howard, Rockford Rescue Mission. "We had great weather for the construction season, but it's just vendors and their supplies behind schedule."

Rockford Rescue Mission had set forth a target opening date of February 12th, but Howard says that while the initial estimate was aggressive, they are confident the organization will be up and running this spring.

"We had an aggressive construction schedule, we couldn't meet the construction schedule, so we now will be having our ribbon cutting on April 29th instead of February 12th," said Howard.

Once completed,  Pitney Place  will assist struggling women and their children with housing needs as well as provide transitional programs.

"Building Pitney Place expands our capacity to care for those women and children either during their time of crisis in the crisis shelter, or if they've hit rock bottom, a chance to rebuild their lives," explained Howard.

But the Rescue Mission still needs funding to reach their goal.  Howard says they are still moving forward with the plan, but is reaching out to the community to help make it a fully funded project come opening day.

"We're hoping that when we have the ribbon cutting on April 29th, we can also announce that it's fully funded, paid for and we don't have to carry that mortgage," said Howard.

If you would like to donate to the project, just send it to Rockford Rescue Mission with a designation for Pitney Place.


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