About The Gospel Mission
History & Background
The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Inc. ('KFGM') was founded and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1958 and next year will be celebrating its 60th anniversary of service to the community. The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission's founder, John Pederson, served as the Director for many years.
The current building was a Covenant church that was built around 1933. In 1959 the basement was extended and a men's dorm was built. In 1976 the current dining hall and kitchen and upper floor was added to provide needed facilities to expand services to prepare and serve meals.
For many years, individual community donors provided support for the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission. For the first several decades, services were primarily provided for single, typically transient men who were coming to Klamath Falls on the rails.
By the 1990's, numbers dropped significantly. The rail companies began to arrest men riding the rails and water shortages in the area resulted in a reduced need for migrant and transient workers. The number of 'beds' provided dropped from a high of just over 23,000 in 1996-1997 to a low of 8,200 'beds' in 2003.
Over the past decade the Gospel Mission began to see women, children, and families seeking services. The Gospel Mission not only expanded who it served, it also added new services to better meet the basic needs of the homeless. Meals, educational classes, and support services were added. With these changes, the numbers began a steady climb and over 16,000 'beds' were provided in 2008.
This increase in the numbers served and the offering of several programs and services has resulted in a need for increased operating funds and an expansion of facilities. The KFGM expanded its funding base from nearly sole reliance on individual donations to diversified funding, including grants and a and our Thrift Store. To meet increased facility demands, after several years of a planned capital campaign fund drive to build a facility, we are poised to begin construction soon. See the News/Events page and click on the Capital Campaign link for updated information.
By developing more substantial and diversified funding, and by providing expanded facilities, the KFGM is positioning itself well to meet the current and future needs of those it serves.
The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission has been a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Mission's since 1960.