Who We Are

The History of Idaho Falls Rescue Mission

Established in 1998, Idaho Falls Rescue Mission has been serving the Idaho Falls area for twenty-four years. The Mission was started by a group of Christians with the purpose and desire to share God’s love with the community.

The Mission is currently in the process of revamping and restructuring to meet the greater need of the Idaho Falls area.

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Our Mission Statement

“We exist to provide help, hope and a future to the hungry, homeless and hopeless in our community and region through the power and love of Jesus Christ.”

Idaho Falls Rescue Mission’s Impact in Idaho Falls, ID in 2021

26,000+

Hot Meals

11,000+

Safe Nights Of Sleep

1600+

Units Of Clothing Given

STAFF

Tyler Perkins
Executive Director
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Charles Hale
Navigate Program Director
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Olivia Stauffer
Community Relations / Events / Volunteers
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Wayne Gould
Men's Shelter Supervisor
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Jennifer Murray
Women's Shelter Supervisor
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Sean Vedro
Men's Ministry Supervisor
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Amanda Mora
Donor Relations
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Danielle Steiner
Food Services Manager
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Nicole Fousek
Office Administrator
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Paul Morrison
Thrift Store Manager
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BOARD MEMBERS

Erik Strom
President

Retired educator, 29 years special education, 8 years secondary school principal.
12 years adolescent drug and alcohol counselor
Married, two adult children
I have served on the IFRM Board of Directors for 5-6 years, the last two as president. I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord in 1985, taking the Cure from 16 years of addiction. I told Jesus at that time that if He cured me, I would do anything He asked. Since then, we have had many grand adventures, one is serving as a missionary in Liberia, working with ex-child soldiers from the civil wars. I am honored and excited to serve our community on the IFRM Board of Directors.

Scott Gruwell
Vice President
Current: Pastor Presbyterian Church (Commissioned R.E. Kendall Presbytery), Chaplain (Volunteer) Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (13 yrs).
History: Founding member/Board Member of several Non-profit organizations since 1982.
Notably locally: Idaho Consulting & Training Assoc., Taylor’s Crossing Public School (Dist. 251).
Additionally, 32 years in Emergency Services (Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic/St. Idaho EMS Consultant, Adjunct College Teacher.
Lauren Sompayrac
Treasurer
Lauren Sompayrac attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. degree in physics and a Ph.D. degree in elementary particle physics. After postdoctoral training in microbiology and virology in Copenhagen and at the Harvard Medical School, he moved to the University of Colorado in Boulder where he did cancer research and taught immunology. During his retirement, he has written several science text books including How the Immune System Works (now in its sixth edition) and two books on religious topics. Lauren plays the piano on Sunday in his church in Driggs, where he lives with his lovely wife, Vicki.
Bob Buell
Secretary
Robert Buell became a member of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission board of directors in 2018. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Board. Robert is an engineer that recently retired from the Idaho National Laboratory. He spent 22 years there leading a group modeling risks associated with nuclear power plant operations. He is active in his local church and has served on local church boards and in benevolence ministries during his time in Idaho.

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Idaho Falls Rescue Mission
840 Park Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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