A community of Christians who love God and who have a heart to serve.
To help the broken live and not just exist.
Our Mission Statement
We are bound to proclaim Jesus Christ to the needy of Josephine County in a spirit of Care, assisting with clothing, counseling, education, food, health care and shelter, accomplishing all this with an attitude of Commitment.
The Mission is Gospel Centered
Each staff member and Board member must sign a statement of faith. The men and women have mandatory Bible studies every morning, and the men have evening chapels as well. All of the counseling is Biblically based. Regeneration, repentance, reconciliation and restoration are seen as the goal for each resident.
The Gospel Rescue Mission is an arm of the Church
- More than 40 local churches support the work of the Mission
- Our Executive Director meets with the local Church of the Valley Pastors.
- The Mission helps the Church to follow the Biblical command to care for the broken by being open to them to give and serve alongside us for the glory of God!
We are a Community Partner
“If we can’t do it, we know who can!” This saying applies to programs like housing assistance, health insurance, full job skills training etc. By ourselves, we cannot take care of every single aspect of our residents lives, but we know who can.The truth is that, while staying at the Mission, our residents aren’t just receiving care for their immediate needs, but doors are open to all of those who are here for them to become stable and restored members of our community! This is all done through hands on help with staff and volunteers, and through community partnerships.
- Our Staff interacts with local service agencies
- We have an open door policy for our local Public Safety Employees
- We clean the main streets in downtown Grants Pass on a regular basis
- We work with local merchants and other organizations to help them understand homelessness, and we are a place for them to encourage homeless men and women to come for help.
- 1983 - Walt and Elaine Fikso turn a beauty supply store into a shelter for men
- 1991 - The Mission grows to include women and children
- 1996 - Walt Fikso goes to be with the Lord
- 1997 - The Board of Director hires Keith O. Heck as the new Executive Director
- 1999 - Plans are drawn up for a new multiphase campus. Construction begins.
- 2003 - Fikso Family Center is opened to shelter up to 60 homeless women & children
- 2004 - Funding and construction begins for Phase 2, the men’s shelter.
- 2010 - Keith O. Heck announces his retirement. The majority of funds for the new men’s shelter are raised.
- 2011 - The Board of Directors hires Ken Emilio as the new Executive Director.
- 2011 - Wagner Hall is opened to shelter 78 homeless men
- 2012 – 21 raised garden beds are filled with soil and vegetables. Harvesting of lettuce begins daily in May
Ken Emilio – Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Maloney – Operations Director email@example.com
Jay Milojevich - Program Director & Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan Daggett – Community Relations Director email@example.com
Jake van Doer Stoel – Manager – Community Recycle Center
Glenn Sprigg – Manager - Thrift Store firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Bouteller – Men’s Coordinator – Wagner Hall email@example.com
Renee Heck - Women’s Coordinator – Fikso Family Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Shonna Bouteller – Office Manager email@example.com
Carol Heck – Bookkeeper firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Tucker – Receptionist
Shari Sommerfeld – Receptionist
Constance Sloan – Receptionist
The GRM Board of Directors
The Gospel-Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors is its governing body. This group of committed Christian individuals strives to maintain the Vision and Mission statements of the Gospel-Rescue Mission.
Curtis Sommerfeld – Board Chairman
Larry Conard - Vice Chairman
Richard Emmons – Secretary
Jim Brumbach – Member
Don Thomas – Member
Carl Wilson - Member
Bob Just – Member
JP Comyford – Member
Question #1 -
Does the Mission turn a blind eye to resident drug use?
Answer: The Mission has a very watchful eye. We do not allow any substance use at all. When we have a suspicion that a resident is using drugs, we will ask them to take a urinary analysis. If the test is positive for drugs, we discipline the offender as is appropriate (i.e. not allowing them to stay with us for a time, removing privileges, etc.)
Question #2 -
Does the Mission only serve Christians?
Answer: We have had men and women from many religious and non-religious backgrounds including but not limited to: Christianity (everything from Catholic to Baptist to non-denominational), Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Mysticism, New Age, Atheism, and Agnosticism.
Question #3 -
Does the Mission only serve younger women at the Women’s Shelter?
Answer: Our average adult age at the Fikso Family Center is in the high 30′s to the mid 40′s. We have women who are in their 60′s and some who are in there 20′s. We will turn a woman away (regardless of her age) if she is unwilling to stop her substance use, if we are full, or is she has a physical or mental condition that is beyond our scope of care.
Question #4 –
What do the residents do while at the Mission?
Answer: While here at the mission, some residents are involved in the house by doing chores and helping with house work. Many work at the Second Chance Thrift Store, and Community Recycling Center. Some men and women have regular jobs that they go to daily, while still others are involved in community service and work crew.
Question #5 –
Are Mission residents mostly from the local area? Or are they from out of town?
Answer: The majority of our residents are from Josephine County. Sometimes we get people moving from other areas in Southern Oregon. It is uncommon to have many residents who have not lived in Southern Oregon for at least a few months before moving in with us.
Question #6 –
What is the average length of stay for Mission residents?
Answer: The average stay at Wagner Hall is 3 to 6 months. At the Fikso Family Center it is about 6 months to a year. The women with children tend to stay longer then the single women.
Question #7 –
How long can residents stay at the Mission?
Answer: As long as they abide by the guidelines, do what they are suppose to do, and have a true need they are allowed to stay.
Question #8 –
Are residents allowed to smoke while living at the Mission?
Answer: No. No staff member or resident is allowed to smoke. The main reasons are as follows:
- 1. Cleanliness of facilities
- 2. Healthiness of people
- 3. To help eliminate all addictive behaviors
- 4. To teach them to cope with life in different ways
Question #9 –
Can married couples live together at the Mission?
Answer: At the Fikso Family Center there are two rooms for married couples and families. They must be able to provide a marriage certificate before being able to check in. We cannot house registered sex offenders regardless of marital status.
Question #10 –
Does the Mission accept government monies?
Answer: No. The Mission does not accept government monies in the form of grants or monthly funding.
Question #11 –
How many residents live at the Mission on a regular basis?
Answer: On average there are around 130 men, women and children living at the Mission. During certain seasons that number drop to around 100. But otherwise it is at or above 130.
Question #12 –
Do Mission residents receive any medical or dental care?
Answer:Many of our residents (especially children) have OHP. The people who do not have any medical insurance can see one of the Doctors that come to the mission every week as a part of Doctor Day and work with our residents and their medical needs. We also have a few dental professionals in town who work as a part of ‘Helping Others’ Dental Day to serve residents of the Mission and members of our community without income or insurance.
Question #13 –
Where is the Gospel Rescue Mission located?
Answer: Wagner Hall is located at 540 SW Foundry St., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Answer: The Fikso Family Center is located at 530 SW Foundry St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Question #14 –
Where is the Community Recycling Center located?
Answer: The Community Recycling Center is located at 1010 SW Foundry St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Question #15 –
Where is the Second Chance Thrift Store located?
Answer: On the corner of 6th and J St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Question #16 –
What are the top three physical needs at the Mission?
- 1. Food
- 2. Toilet Paper
- 3. Laundry, dish and hand soap
Question #17 –
How do I volunteer?
Answer: Volunteer With Us!
Question #18 –
How can I support financially?
Answer: Donate Here!
Question #19 –
What kind of material goods can I donate? And where?
Question #20 –
What kind of recyclables can I donate? Where?
Question #21 –
What kind of food can I donate? Where?
Answer: The best food to donate to the Mission is product that will help us make full meals. For example:
- 1. meats, base products to make soups, fish, canned tomatoes, herbs, fruits, veggies, condiments, dairy products etc…
- 2. Also, the general rule of thumb is this: If you would eat it, then, most likely, so will we.
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