Rescue Mission open on weekends as warming center

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – As many prepare their cars and get ready for driving on snow roads, some are worried about where they’ll go to get a break from the cold.

One woman who lives at the Rockford Rescue Mission says she’s grateful for a warm place, especially this time of year because in year’s past, she’s been left out in the cold, literally.

The Rockford Rescue Mission is one of the few places those in need can go in the city on weekends to get relief from the bitter cold. Deborah Kaluzny is one of those taking advantage. While she says he’s living at the Rescue Mission now, she remembers a time when she was sleeping in her car during the winter months.

“It is not nice to sit in a Mini Cooper in the winter time freezing or sitting in any car and it's cold or try to sleep in a car or sleeping on the stairs or sleeping in a stairway. Don't do it. It's always places that you can go,” says Kaluzny.

Anyone who needs a break from the cold is welcome, men from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and women and children from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The lobby of the Winnebago County justice Center is also open 24/7 for those needing an escape from the cold. For a full list of warming centers, please click on the attached related story.