Our Mission

Bean’s Cafe exists to fight hunger for all ages, one meal at a time, while providing a pathway to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.

Bean’s Cafe History

Bean’s Cafe began with a simple vision: a warm place where those in need can find com- fort, warmth, and a helping hand. Our organization was founded by Lynn Ballew, a pro- fessor and humanitarian. She and her daughter, nicknamed ‘Bean’, moved to Alaska in 1978 and immediately began to seek the help of the community to start her day shelter, which she named Bean’s Cafe.

On February 20, 1979 Lynn leased an empty warehouse across from the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage. The first to arrive were the street people – they helped paint, remodel, arrange furniture, and organize the space. Word spread of Lynn’s efforts, and people from around the world came to offer their support. Soon Bean’s Cafe was a vision realized – a place for the homeless and hungry to eat, rest, read, watch TV, make a phone call, or just relax.

In 1985, Bean’s Cafe relocated to a brand new building with facilities, programs, and services – and that is where it stands today, at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street in the heart of Anchorage.

Original Bean's Cafe location in the early 1980s

A Community Thanksgiving

Christmas Meal 2016

Executive Director Lisa Sauder with Client Volunteer of the Year Gerald Henry

Board of Directors

  • Chairperson Jonathan Hornak, Cornerstone Construction
  • Vice Chair Debbie Reinwand-Mcguire- Brilliant Media
  • Secretary Vacant
  • Treasurer Bernie Washington, Retired AK Public Media
  • Past Chairperson Steve Williams, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • Kim Frensley First National Bank Alaska
  • Ella Anagick, Law Offices of Ella Anagick
  • Rosie Barr
  • Sheri Clovis, Providence Health Systems
  • Kathryn Johnson, ConocoPhillips Alaska
  • Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld,  Southcentral Foundation

Leadership Staff

  • Lisa Sauder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) | 907.917.9076 | lsauder@beanscafe.org
  • Scott Lingle, Chief Operating Officer (COO)  | 907.917.9078 | slingle@beanscafe.org
  • Anna Padrick, Executive Coordinator | 907.433.8604 | apadrick@beanscafe.org
  • LaRae Paxon, Finance Manager| 907.433-8601 | beansap@beanscafe.org
  • Diana Arthur, Development & Communications Director | 907.632.3349 | darthur@beanscafe.org
  • Wendy Frazell, Human Resources Director| hr@beanscafe.org | 907.433.8606
  • Bobbi Evans, Shelter Operations Manager | shelterops@beanscafe.org | 907-917-9072


Please contact us for current copies of our form 990 and audited financial statements at info@beanscafe.org.