Celebrating recovered lives

Celebrating recovered lives

First Free Rockford has enjoyed a generations-long partnership with Rockford Rescue Mission. This month marks the Mission’s 60th anniversary, and Tuesday’s Restoration Celebration was a most-appropriate way to celebrate. It’s a special, annual...
Neighbors in Uniform

Neighbors in Uniform

A long friendship between two neighboring couples also grew into a ministry to families in our community. Jerry and Carolyn Norquist live across the street from Chuck and Vickie Allton. Both retired couples’ garages are stacked with plastic totes containing more than...
Serving a vulnerable population

Serving a vulnerable population

A donation drive at First Free the next two Sundays benefits Carpenter’s Place, a faith-based day shelter serving homeless people. The center, located at 1149 Railroad Ave., serves breakfast and lunch every day, and offers a variety of other services including case...
‘We can be very real’

‘We can be very real’

The Sunday that Kaylin Carlson led the worship song Rattle at Rockford Rescue Mission, she knew she was in the right place. Kaylin is part of a team of volunteers that lead worship at the Rescue Mission, one of two offsite venues for First Free’s Sunday worship...
Carpenter’s Corner opens Friday

Carpenter’s Corner opens Friday

Three days before grand opening, Kelly Whitham stepped out of her office onto a newly refurbished and fully stocked sales floor. “I stand here and look around and it kind of takes my breath away,” she said. Kelly is director of retail operations for Carpenter’s Place,...