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

215,568 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 involvement and partnership is changing lives and impacting our community.

KIMBERLY’s Story

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The Powerful Words of a 13-Year-Old

When children and teens first come to the Mission with their families, they are often unsure about what to expect. Often they are fearful and withdrawn. But when they get to hang out with other kids and do things designed for them, they open up and their lives begin to change. Kimberly*, who is 13, wrote about her experience at the Mission. Here are her words:

When we first got the sign-up paper for the Teen Program, I read it and wanted to go because it sounded fun . . .

CHARLES’s Story

Nowhere Else to Go

If there’s one word that describes Charles, it’s sacrificial.

Not only did he serve in the military – willingly risking his life in a field artillery unit of the Army – but he sacrificed again and again for people in his life he loved.

When his wife divorced him, he gave her the condo and the car. When his mom had a stroke, he went to her side to care for her.

Just when his mom was settled at a care facility and he was coming up to the Northwest for a fishing job, he got dangerously sick himself. His blood pressure spiked. He was at risk of having a stroke at any moment . . .

CLIFF’s Story

Saving One Life Could Save Five More

Cliff grew up on the streets and as a teenager he got caught in the cycle of addiction that was started by his parents.

“My mom and dad, they were from the streets. They did drugs, prostitution, you name it. That’s all I’d ever known,” he says.

For years, Cliff was trapped in that cycle, too.

But when he was faced with divorce, losing custody of his kids, and homelessness, Cliff knew he had to make a change . . .

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, women and families or guardians with children. We also provide long-term recovery and educational services to those in need in our community.

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