Our History


The Fairbanks Rescue Mission was incorporated in November of 1973 and opened the original mission shelter in February 1974 (on Valentine's Day). The first Chairman of the Board was James Barefoot, then the Executive Director of Polar Evangelism. The Vice-Chairman was Ralph Pike, who was to become the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission for a total of thirteen years. Barefoot, Pike, and the rest of the Board of Directors guided the Mission through those formative years and have watched it become a stable door of evangelism and Christian service in the Fairbanks community. The Mission operates the only overnight emergency shelter for men, women, and children in Interior Alaska, and, therefore, has a key role to play in the life of our community.

In April of 2000, work was started on a new 41,000 square foot building at 723 27th Avenue. We moved into the new building in January of 2001 and it was dedicated in May of 2001. We are licensed to have 100 beds for men and 60 beds for women. Some of the new areas that we can serve with this building are men with children and women with older boy's': areas that were not available before. This building was a gift from Dennis and Mary Wise, for those in need in the Fairbanks area. If  you are one of the supporters of the Mission, know that without you this work would not exist. God Bless you.

  • Ralph Pike: Rescue Mission's first Executive Director
  • Jim Barefoot : Fairbanks Rescue Mission's first Chairman of the Board
  • Dennis Wise: contributed the current Mission property and Building


Dedicating Scripture

Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you 

gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I 

needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I 

was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry 

and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see 

you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When 

did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least 

of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’