About Us

Located in Rock Island, IL, Christian Care is part of a region of four cities in Northwestern Illinois and Southeastern Iowa, making up the Quad Cities.  We are a connected and prosperous bi-state community on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River with a population of approximately 474.937.  We serve Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

At Christian Care, we proudly stand as a continuing legacy left by our founder, Guy Rodgers.  In 1916, Guy established the Rock island Rescue Mission for men, women, and children in need of a warm meal, basic living necessities, and a temporary place to stay.  For nine years, Guy operated the Rescue Mission out of several locations, all in Rock Island.  In 1925, he settled the mission at 2210 Third Avenue and continued his life’s vocation until his death in 1958.  In 2004, the mission moved to its current location of 2209 Third Avenue in Rock Island.

From our humble beginnings as the Rock Island Rescue Mission, to the organization we are today, Christian Care is helping to improve the lives of those in our local and surrounding communities who are experiencing homelessness, struggling with mental illness and substance abuse, transitioning out of the prison system, and veterans.

We believe in a holistic and trauma informed care environment and seek to provide services, which emphasize safety, choice, trust, collaboration, and empowerment.  Utilizing progressive case management, residents are able to receive services tailored to suit their specific needs and resource connections allowing for a quick and efficient re-engagement in services upon exit.

In 2018, we fielded over 1,000 calls for service, provided over 13,000 nights of lodging, and served over 41,000 meals to our community. 

 

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Success Story

One Man's Story

A few years ago, Odis Roberts found himself in a very difficult situation. After losing his job, he was no longer able to afford his housing and found himself homeless, having to resort to living out of his car.

Odis had been sleeping in his car for weeks before a family friend suggested Christian Care Rescue Mission as a shelter for him to call. After Odis was able to become sheltered at Christian Care’s facility, he still had some other hurtles to overcome. Due to health issues, Odis was no longer able to find work in the field that he had been in for years, leaving him with very limited income options.

So, Odis focused his efforts on becoming employable. After nearly a dozen attempts and some tutoring from his client advocate, he earned his GED, and he completed a retail certification program through Good Will.

Despite his best efforts, Odis was not able to maintain a job and felt as if he had come to a standstill. His stay at Christian Care had become longer than most. While Odis became a mentor to many new residents and even played a role in starting programs at the Mission, he was now growing to fear living on his own.

“I’m not ready, I’m so used to being surrounded by people now,” Odis said.

However, Odis decided to apply for an apartment through his local Housing Authority. After a few weeks of waiting, Odis was at the top of the wait list and would soon have his own apartment waiting for him. The reality of it was almost overwhelming, but with the encouragement of Christian Care staff and some of his fellow residents, Odis felt confident to accept the offer and move into his own apartment.

Now living on his own, Odis still contributes to Christian Care’s mission through regular volunteer work with the agency, as well as other community nonprofits.