1983 – Walt and Elaine Fikso turn a beauty supply store into a shelter for homeless men.
1991 – The Mission grows to include women and children in a small house in Grants Pass
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.
2003 – Fikso Family Center is opened to shelter up to 60 homeless women & children.
2004 – Funding and ground breaking begins for new men’s shelter to be named Wagner Hall.
2010 – Construction of Wagner Hall continues.
2010 – The Board of Directors hires Ken Emilio as the new Executive Director.
2011 – Occupancy is granted for Wagner Hall to shelter 78 homeless men.
2012 – Over $100,000 funding for purchasing of beds, furniture, lockers and kitchen is awarded.
2013 – The Mission builds a new micro-farm and food processing – preservation program
2014 – New Women’s chapel program and Children’s ministry added.
2015 – Construction begins on new computer labs for residents.
2016 – New computer labs are operational for resident use.
Ken Emilio – Executive Director
Valorie Emilio – Newsletters & Publication
Brian Bouteller – Director of Resident Services
Kevin Maloney – Operations Director
Clyde Bergquist – Men’s Coordinator
Farrah Guthrie –Women’s Coordinator
Connie Quigley – Resident Support Specialist
Glenn Sprigg – Manager – Thrift Store
Eric Mortinson – Communications Director
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.
Ron Marsh – Board Chairman
Richard Emmons – Vice Chairman
Ron Strom – Secretary
Jim Brumbach – Member
Brad Converse – Member
Denny Stahl – Member
Matt Gali – Member
Paul True – Member