Fairbanks Resource Agency is dedicated to assuring that Interior Alaskans with disabilities and their families have equal opportunity to be fully integrated into the community where education, employment, housing, recreation and family support services are available in the same places, at the same times and with the same respect afforded any member of the community.
In the beginning, Dr. John Noyes, a physician at the Tanana Valley Clinic, responded to the plight of a man who he felt deserved the same rights and privileges that the rest of us enjoyed. The man had lived most of his life in a state institution in Oregon, where he was sent — along with many other Alaskans with disabilities — to receive support services for individuals with a developmental disability.
When Alaska became a state, the contract for these services was canceled and the man, along with others who had been in the Oregon institution, was sent home. Some of the individuals were sent to Harborview, a newly constructed facility in Valdez; others were sent to live in their home communities. However, many communities, including those in Interior Alaska, had no place for individuals with disabilities to go to and provided no support services to them.
In the 1960s, a growing movement advocated to take people with developmental disabilities out of large, restrictive institutional settings and return them to their own communities. Dr Noyes was one of many people throughout the country who believed in the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to live and work in their own communities.
In 1967, together with six other concerned members of the Fairbanks community, he formed the Fairbanks Rehabilitation Association (FRA) with the goal of helping Alaskans with developmental disabilities by providing community based supportive services. In 1983, the Senior Services program was founded, offering care coordination, an Adult Day Center, respite care and other services for those experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD), and seniors over 60 with frail or disabling conditions.
Then in 1987 the association decided to change its name to better reflect its broadening scope of services. Fairbanks Rehabilitation Association became Fairbanks Resource Agency. By then, FRA was providing supported employment services throughout the community and in its own small businesses; respite care and family support services to families of individuals with developmental disabilities; and a residential program to help individuals with disabilities live independently.
FRA employs over 350 full- and part-time employees providing care in client homes and working throughout the Fairbanks community: the main FRA administrative building at 805 Airport Way, the Senior Services Adult Day Center, and the 10 accessible residences/complexes.
We receive funding from both private and public sources and have an active Board of Directors. Proceeds raised benefit the individuals who choose to use FRA support services. To learn about the many ways you can contribute or get involved with FRA, please visit How You Can Help.
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