Client stories

Ken’s Story

Ken’s descent into homelessness started at age three! It isn’t surprising that Ken became homeless; rather it’s surprising that he survived to become the person he is today. The slow descent began when he was three – and spiraled out of control until just a few years ago. Ken’s earliest memories are of abuse at the hands of his mother. […]

Susan’s Story

Jumping seemed the only answer… Susan had had enough. Raging alcoholism. Debilitating anxiety disorder. Her relationships all broken, she was homeless, living in her car. And now, her brakes had gone out; she had no hope left. She parked her car down by the Old Cannery and slowly walked over to the bridge. . . I walked up to that bridge. […]

Brandon’s Story

Who rescued whom? It was the dead of winter and the rains had come. Brandon and his service dog, Yogi, were camped alone by the river. Just a few years before, Brandon held a great job that included travel, money and stability. But now, all he had was a tent and Yogi. In his words, “life had turned sour.” Suddenly, in the […]

Shawna’s Story

A Mother’s Broken Heart Being evicted from her home with no notice in the middle of winter wasn’t what hurt Shawna the most. Losing her deceased father’s Air Force medals – her only physical reminder of him – was painful, but she could move on. Even being unfairly kicked out because of a clerical miscommunication wasn’t the worst. “I broke down […]

Melissa’s Story

From river bank, to restoration Melissa was coming undone. She had lost custody of her two children because of her addiction. Her marriage of ten-years was disintegrating. And then one evening when she went home, she found someone had broken into her apartment. Everything she had to her name was stolen. It all came to a head on March […]

Shanice’s Story

Family. That’s the most important thing to Shanice Ward. As one of over 100 grandchildren, Christmas was chaotic and fun growing up.  “We’d have breakfast at my grandma’s house, then go across the street for lunch at my auntie’s and dinner at my other aunt’s. It was great!”  But the family’s Christmas traditions Shanice loved so much, came to an abrupt […]

Daniel’s Story

“I planned on killing myself…” Daniel hit rock bottom when he was in jail. With no home to return to when he got out, Daniel was at an all-time low. But it was when his daughter hung up on him while he was in jail that he hit \ rock bottom. His heart was crushed. It was then that […]

Joe’s Story

Life on the streets was a matter of survival for Joe. Nearly overnight, food, water and shelter became his top priorities – requiring his full attention. Like many in our community, Joe was just one pay check away from homelessness. For him it came in the form of a torn ACL. He lost his construction […]

Summer on the Streets

Hot weather is dangerous for someone on the steets. Dehydration can lead to heat stroke, even death. Joe had been homeless in Tacoma for 2 years before entering the Mission’s New Life Program. Just a few weeks ago, he was going between shelter stays and camping on the streets. Ask him about his experience, and […]

The Garcia Family

When home is spelled S-U-V Many families in Pierce County are living just one step away from homelessness. For the Garcia’s, losing their housing in a fire pushed them over the edge. They couch surfed, but soon their options ran out. Eventually, they had to send their four oldest children to live with an aunt, […]