With your help and generosity we are Serving the Homeless and Hurting in
Tacoma & Pierce County

Since 1912, the Mission has been offering God’s Help, Hope and Healing to the most impoverished members of our community. Your gift of any amount makes a difference for the men and women who are hurting and homeless in Tacoma & Pierce County. Give simply and securely by clicking any of the gifts below.

Your Gifts Provide Crucial Care & Tools to
Help Our Neighbors in Dire Need Rebuild Their LiVES

Right now, individuals and families suffering in homelessness are desperate for a new beginning. Life-changing resources, like the ones below, help to equip and empower our vulnerable neighbors to escape homelessness and step into a better future.

Daily Meals

Daily Meals

“I thought there was no love for me out there anymore, but I was wrong. There is, and I found that in a meal.”
– James

Shelter

Shelter

“If this place did not exist, our baby would have died. That’s a hard, medical fact.”
– Dave

Job Readiness

Job Readiness

“The staff at the Mission gave me a voice . . . they kept encouraging me and more.”
– Jason

Education

Education

“The Mission helped me be more than I was. Without the confidence I now have with my GED, I wouldn’t be where I am.” – Paul

Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

“This program is what made the difference. It’s not a clean and sober program, it’s discipleship.”
– Morgan

Faith Formation

Faith Formation

“I felt like there were chains holding me down. I didn’t know I could ask Jesus to release me. I can breathe now. Before, I felt dead.” – Kathleen

Mental Health

Mental Health

“I learned where my behaviors came from. Why I was so angry and defensive. It helped me have goals and achieve them.” – Amanda

Veteran Services

Veteran Services

“My life was getting bleaker. Being here gave me hope. You can really see the staff’s dedication to helping veterans like me.” – Justin

Youth Services

Youth Services

“Without the Mission, I wouldn’t be graduating.”
– Tre’von,
Age 17

Accomplishments From This Past Year

304,556 Meals served

2,784 Men, women and children equipped and empowered with life-changing help
82 Men and women graduated from our New Life Recovery program
80Families and individuals left the Mission and entered stable housing
119 Men and women obtained jobs or increased income

What’s happening at Tacoma Rescue MissionSTORIES, NEWS & EVENTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Check below to keep up on the latest news, events and stories about what is happening at Tacoma Rescue Mission.  See how your involvment and partnership is changing lives and impacting our community.

MARY’s Story

Finally Safe. Finally Free

Mary is willing to recognize the hard truth of life – her life. 

“I was a meth monster at 61 years old,” she shares matter-of-factly.  

Mary didn’t want to struggle with addiction. But once it happened, she was hooked.

So hooked that she experienced homelessness for 15 years . . .

Calvin’s Story

On the Streets in the Dead of Winter

Growing up, Calvin didn’t feel like he mattered. Instead of feeling cared for, he experienced hurt. By the time he was a teenager, the hurt was too much to bear. The only relief he felt was when he was drunk or high. Over the years, Calvin was able to get off drugs but always kept drinking. When his neighbors enticed him with drugs again, he fell back into addiction, and he fell hard. He ended up on the streets, sleeping in a cold, damp tent. He needed help. But didn’t know where to find it . . .

Jocelyn’S Story

Homeless and Without Hope to Housed and Hopeful

Jocelyn had a great job working at a long-term care facility. Things were looking up. Then, COVID-19 hit. The pandemic caused a wave of cutbacks at her job. She was one of the employees that were laid off. Suddenly, her little family was in the midst of crisis once again. With no income to afford rent, they lost their housing. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I going to do at this point?’” Jocelyn remembers. “I didn’t want to be on the streets with my kids, but I didn’t know where to go.” She began calling around . . .

The Tacoma Rescue Mission legacySERVING THE HURTING & HOMELESS FOR OVER 100 YEARS

The Tacoma Rescue Mission is proud to have served Tacoma and Pierce County since 1912. For over 100 years we have continued to serve in the name of Christ, while emphasizing the dignity of each person who enters our doors. We value the needs of our immediate community, and continually adapt to the changing needs of those who come to us for help.

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A GROUP OF CARING TACOMANS START THE MISSION AS A SMALL SOUP KITCHEN ON PACIFIC AVE

Tacoma Commons Mission | 1912

THE MISSION GROWS AND PURCHASES ITS FIRST BUILDING ON 1512 PACIFIC AVE

Tacoma Rescue Mission | 1939

A SAFE HAVEN IS BUILT FOR SINGLE WOMEN & FAMILIES IN CRISIS

The Emergency Family Shelter | 1971

THE INN PROVIDES ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY FOR YOUTH SURVIVING ON THE STREETS

The Inn Youth Walk-In Center | 1988

FREE COUNSELING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THE MISSION’S PRISON CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM

Chaplaincy Program | 1920

HOPE HOME IS FOUNDED TO HELP WOMEN WITH EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL TRAUMA

Hope Home | 1960’s

THE DOWNTOWN TACOMA CAMPUS OPENS TO HELP REACH EVEN MORE PEOPLE IN NEED

Tacoma Rescue Mission | 2001

Need Help? Tacoma Rescue Mission Is Here

We offer meals and emergency shelter for men and families with children. We also provide long-term recovery and educational services to those in need in our community.

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