Peoria Rescue Ministries

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Peoria Rescue Ministries is a gospel-centered ministry of mercy that creates pathways out of poverty through Jesus with our neighbors in need. Peoria Rescue Ministries has been serving the poor and those in need since 1955. Through our five areas of ministry, we provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, pregnancy & parenting services, and renewal programs to the people of Central Illinois.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Peoria Rescue Ministries
P.O. Box 837
Peoria, IL 61652


Phone: (309) 676-6416

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 370804158

CEO/President: Jonathan Rocke


Board size: 11

Founder: Florence Holzschuh and Helen Durdel

Ruling year: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


To see the kingdom of Jesus Christ grow through human flourishing.

Mission statement

Creating pathways out of poverty through Jesus with our neighbors in need.

Statement of faith

1) The Word of God.

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

2) The Trinity.

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6

3) God the Father.

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

4) Jesus Christ.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:32; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

5) The Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:5-15; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

6) Man.

We believe God made man-male and female-in his own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and, apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will, and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ. Genesis 1:26, 27, Genesis 2:7 Genesis 9:6, James 3:9, Genesis 3, Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 8:7-8, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

7) Salvation.

We believe salvation is the free gift of God, provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and his substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. Through Christ's atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes his child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and, via the miracle of regeneration, liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God's Spirit. Ephesians 2:8, 9, John 3:16, Romans 5:1, 2, Romans 5:9, 1 Peter 2:24, Romans 3:24, Romans 4:3, Romans 10:9-10, Philippians 3:9, John 1:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:1

8) The Church.

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving and living the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

9) Marriage and Sexuality.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are biblically married to each other. We believe that outside of this any form of sexual activity is sinful and offensive to God. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, Matthew 15:18-20; Hebrews 13:4

10) Sanctity of Life.

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and in every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Genesis 1:26, Genesis 9:6, James 3:9, Psalm 139

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating500 of 110457 of 140
Fund acquisition rating691 of 110592 of 140
Resource allocation rating632 of 110569 of 140
Asset utilization rating243 of 110427 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$509,562$253,086$276,836$358,710$368,609
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,006,704$2,550,489$3,157,597$2,842,824$2,730,710
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,345,084$3,804,382$2,759,384$2,784,819$2,747,257
Other long-term assets$1,783$5,245$9,471$25,893$27,853
Total long-term assets$4,346,867$3,809,627$2,768,855$2,810,712$2,775,110
Total assets$6,353,571$6,360,116$5,926,452$5,653,536$5,505,820
Payables and accrued expenses$277,276$339,314$245,663$150,930$152,772
Other current liabilities$2,500$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$279,776$339,314$245,663$150,930$152,772
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$279,776$339,314$245,663$150,930$152,772
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$6,073,795$6,020,802$5,680,789$5,502,606$5,353,048
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$6,073,795$6,020,802$5,680,789$5,502,606$5,353,048
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,837,510$4,348,924$3,843,169$3,537,703$3,088,024
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($15,690)$11,054$16,373$33,938$15,930
Other revenue$639,844$470,352$507,458$600,281$603,493
Total other revenue$624,154$481,406$523,831$634,219$619,423
Total revenue$5,461,664$4,830,330$4,367,000$4,171,922$3,707,447
Program services$4,268,440$3,488,538$3,245,330$3,032,212$2,778,844
Management and general$460,914$428,812$446,799$492,421$477,632
Total expenses$5,408,671$4,490,317$4,188,817$4,022,364$3,724,686
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$52,993$340,013$178,183$149,558($17,239)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$52,993$340,013$178,183$149,558($17,239)


Jonathan RockeExecutive Dir.$130,976

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/16/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


1955 - Mrs. Florence Holzschuh and Mrs. Helen Durdel began serving donuts and coffee in a storefront on SW Adams Street because of the burden they felt for homeless men in Peoria. In October 1955, these women met with the Ministerial Association, asking them to organize a Rescue Mission Board. During the next few years, a residential program for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with homeless men became what is known today as Peoria Rescue Mission.

1965 - A farm in rural Peoria County is donated and plans beginto take shape for a men's long-term renewal program. Known as Victory Acres, this program includes Bible studies, counseling, and a work program to help men heal from various forms of addictive behavior.

1968 - Jerry Trecek steps into the role of Executive Director of Peoria Rescue Ministries after serving for a few years at Victory Acres. Under his leadership, Peoria Rescue Ministries continues to grow and expand.

1985 - The present Rescue Mission building is constructed to accommodate nearly 100 men. Clothing, food, and overnight lodging continues to be provided to men who are homeless and in need.

1987 - A need is seen to minister to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or recovering from post-abortion trauma. The Women's Pregnancy Center is founded and serves the area by providing free pregnancy testing, STI testing, sonography, baby diapers and supplies, etc. The Center is now known as the Empower Life Center. A counseling center, now known as the Barnabas Center, is also opened to offer free Biblical instruction and encouragement to individuals and families.

1989 - Peoria Rescue Ministries begins supporting global ministries in the Ukraine and Latvia. The REALIS Center in Ukraine serves as a seminary and training center, while the Riga Bible Institute in Latvia trains nationals to proclaim the gospel of Christ to those in Eastern Europe.

2004 - Esther House opens as a long-term residential renewal program for women and their dependent children. It provides a safe and inviting environment for women to come learn about Jesus Christ and grow in their walk with Him. Biblical principles and life skills are taught to help the residents become self-sustaining members of our community.

2010 - A thrift store opens to sell donated items at a reduced cost. Located in one of the poorest areas of Peoria, this store serves and ministers to an often forgotten segment of the population.

2016 - Rev. Jerry Trecek "passes the mantle" of leadership to the new executive director, Jonathan Rocke. Peoria Rescue Ministries continues on with a passion to serve the needs of the vulnerable and to proclaim the life-saving message of the gospel.

2018 - An emergency shelter available to women & their dependent children opens at the Esther House facility. Services provided include warm beds, showers, nutritious meals, clean clothes, chapel services, Bible studies, and individualized case management.

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