Mother Weaver 1923 - 2014
Mother Weaver, born on August 23, 1923, moved from New Jersey to Sanford Florida in 1968, where she founded The Rescue Church of God and Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida.
Her compassion for people was an inspiration that has sparked change in the community for over 25 years. She will be dearly missed not just by her family and friends, but also her beloved community.
The legacy she has left is lasting and will live on through the good works of Rescue Outreach.
Community honors Mother Blanche Bell Weaver
by Marva Hawkins, The Voice — On May 11, General Overseer Mother Blanche Bell Weaver, of Rescue Church of God, Inc., saw the celestial gates of heaven opening for her to enter.
This woman of God leaves a rich legacy. She pioneered the Rescue Church of God from Newark, N.J. to Sanford, FL in 1964. She planted Rescue Church of God on Sanford Avenue; they later moved to 2200 Grapeville Ave., and finally to 1700 W. Historic Goldsboro Blvd.
The church blossomed and many were saved through her ministry. As a visionary, Overseer Weaver saw the economic and spiritual needs of people. She fostered blossoming the whole man, body, soul and spirit. Mother Weaver established a restaurant, Mother’s Kitchen in 1970, which drew crowds from far and near who wanted home-cooked meals. Never standing still but always God’s emissary, she saw a need to nourish and cherish children. She would often say, “Mothers need to work; they want their children cared for.”
With that vision, she established Rescue Day Care Center as a haven of love, safety and security for children. She often stated that children need a spiritual foundation to support their natural, biological growth.
The Mission is located at 1701 Historic Goldsboro Blvd. in Sanford, Florida. It was founded in 1986 by Mother Blanche Bell Weaver, then the pastor of the Rescue Church of God, who saw desperate people in her community living without the basic essentials. With the support of her church and its members she set out to help those in need. The mission now focuses on helping men and women return to self-sufficiency by providing transitional housing and case management.
Rescue Outreach Mission is a 501(c)3 corporation. Major funders include the Heart of Florida United Way, Seminole County, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Disney, Orlando Sentinel McCormik Foundation and numerous other foundations, churches, service clubs, businesses and individuals.
Rescue Outreach Mission is led by Chairman of the Board of Directors James Vickaryous and twelve additional Board of Directors members representing varied professional and personal backgrounds and experience.
Though more than a quarter century has passed since Mother Weaver officially opened the Mission, her vision is still alive through the work of our dedicated staff, many volunteers and the support of local government, charitable organizations and many caring individuals.
We salute Mother Weaver for all of her labor.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and Supporters of the Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida: “We are sad to announce the passing of our founder Mother Blanche Weaver on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Special condolences are extended to Mother Weaver’s daughter and our Administrative Director, Sylvia Drake Izquierdo.”