In September 2015, our organization suffered a traumatic event at our downtown office building. A fuel oil delivery went wrong, and through no fault of our own, we were left with an environmental spill that crippled our ability to operate. Our building and mission activities were cancelled and all of our time was spent dealing with this issue.

We suffered, we learned a lot, and we forgave. We used this experience as an opportunity to intensively examine our organization. The question we asked ourselves was: How could we best fulfill our mission to help as many people as possible to have a decent place to live in this community?

We decided there were ways to help more people than our current model allowed. We started to explore the possibility of combining our resources with another organization to make a bigger impact in our community.

We had three key requirements for a potential organization. One, the organization had to be a local. Our resources were built locally and we wanted them to stay local. Two, we strongly believe in giving a hand-up, not a hand-out to those in need. We wanted a potential organization to reflect this. Three, the organization had to be focused on improving and providing decent, safe, and affordable housing.

It was through this process that we learned about the Fairbanks Rescue Mission’s vision for the Joshua Community Project. The Joshua Community Project will provide, to those who need it most, a decent place to live, case management, life skills, and job training. It will be a hand-up, not a hand-out. Qualified residents will pay affordable rent that will be used to help even more people have a decent place to live.  

After many discussions and lots of hard work by both organizations, we are proud to announce that the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity has combined their resources with the Fairbanks Rescue Mission to create and support the Joshua Community Project. Going forward, the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity will no longer operate as a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

We want to thank all of those in the community that helped the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity to build 14 homes in this community over the last 19 years. We’re grateful to the partner families we worked with to help them to have a decent place to live. We especially want to thank those people and organizations that helped bring this organization into being, the many volunteers that donated hundreds of hours of time and building materials to make these homes a reality, and all those that have joined with us to make building a home a financial reality for our partner families. Thank you for all that you have done.

We hope you join us in supporting the Joshua Community Project and the wonderful impact it will have on families in this community.

If you have questions about this new program or would like to support the Joshua Community Project in any way, please contact Rodney Gaskins with the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Inc. at (907)452-5343.

Thank you.