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

336,657 Meals served
3,690 Men, women and children equipped and empowered with life-changing help
17 Men and women graduated from our New Life Recovery program
440Families and individuals left the Mission and entered stable housing
239 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.

keegan’s story

Keegan’s Story: Blessings on Blessings

I’ve been an alcoholic for the worst part of 20 years. In that time, I got out of a long, toxic marriage. Then, I got kicked out of friend’s house after friend’s house. With no money left or anything, I ended up getting sick from alcohol withdrawal and went to a crisis center.

I didn’t know where to go after my stay there. I was really scared to be on the street. I’d never been in a position like that. I was afraid of the stigma of being homeless and just didn’t know what to expect. I heard all the horror stories. I thought, “Am I going to get robbed? Am I going to get beat up?”

I was at rock bottom. And you can’t understand what rock bottom means until you’ve actually hit it face first. It’s the scariest and loneliest feeling ever. All you see is darkness. You feel like you’re going to be there for the rest of your life and you no longer have any control. It feels like there’s no way out. I was living a complete and utter nightmare. The crisis center ended up getting me a bed at the Tacoma Rescue Mission in the women’s shelter.

celena’s story

Volunteers Diane (left) and Jeannine (right) pose for a photo standing in front of the Tacoma Rescue Mission Search and Rescue van.

Volunteering with Jeannine & Diane

How were your first times volunteering with Search & Rescue?

Jeannine: I’d been wanting to do Search & Rescue for a long time. I think about the homeless not being seen, so going and being present where they’re at is something I felt called to do. What I didn’t expect was how I encountered Christ in the people. I knew from reading scripture that you can find Jesus in the suffering, in the hungry, and the homeless. But on Search & Rescue is where I saw it clearly. It was unsettling because there’s not much I have to offer people that are suffering other than food, water and just being present. But, I feel I need to be out there. And the other thing I wasn’t expecting was the love I had for the other volunteers in the van. They have the most beautiful hearts.

Diane: It felt like such an honor to serve with the Search & Rescue team who goes out week after week, day after day. It felt like an honor to sit beside them in the van and be able to just walk alongside what they do.

celena’s story

Courtnee poses for a picture in a park with her son sitting on her shoulders.

Celena’s Story: A New Beginning this Easter

Before we got to the Mission, we were on our last leg. We needed a place to go and hadn’t found a housing opportunity yet. I called the number that I found online. I was on the fence. I was researching shelters because, having the kids, I knew there were some things in certain places that were not good.

I was just worried. And so I talked to Sydney. She was the first staff person at the Mission I talked to. She told me all the things that we can expect at the shelter and what daily life looks like. She told me I can call her anytime and even invited me to come take a tour so I could make sure it was safe and ok for my kids. I went on a tour and I felt happy being there, as soon as I walked in. Everyone was really awesome. So we made that plunge. That’s how I came to be at the Mission.

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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