This holiday season, provide crucial meals
to men, women and children who are hurting,
hungry and struggling on our streets.

Each $2.38 you give feeds 1 person in dire need!

Your Gift of Meals is Just the Beginning

Can a meal really change a life? YES!

Duke Paulson, Executive Director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission shares the exciting news in this short video.

Hear how James’s life was completely transformed because of a meal!

This holiday season, give the gift that can help transform lives!


As a little girl, Stephanie never dreamed she’d grow up and experience homelessness.

But what she endured as a young child set her down that path – a path she never would have escaped without friends like you providing crucial, life-changing meals.

“I started drinking when I was 13 to cope with childhood trauma,” Stephanie explains.

From there it spiraled into addiction. And eventually, homelessness.

In desperate need of food, Stephanie and her husband came to the Mission for a meal. During that meal she heard about the New Life Recovery Program.

Later, she joined the Mission’s recovery program. And received the vital tools and support she needed to overcome her addiction and rebuild her life.

Today, Stephanie is living a transformed lifeA life off the streets. Reconciled with family. Grounded in a deep relationship with Jesus.

“My whole life is changed . . . to think it all started with coming to the Mission for dinner, Stephanie emotionally explains.

Stephanie is living proof that your gift of meals today can lead to a changed life.

Please give now. Every dollar you give will make a difference!

The Power of a Meal

Our neighbors suffering in homelessness are desperate for a new beginning. They just need some help and a place to start. When you give a meal, you provide that starting point.

A meal can connect someone in dire need to life-changing resources that help them to escape the streets and begin to rebuild their life.

Resources like the ones below help to equip and empower individuals to overcome barriers so they can step into a better future.

And it all begins with a meal! The meals YOU provide.

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



“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



“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

“Now I have 16 months clean, I have a relationship with my children and grandchildren, I’ve overcome co-dependency, I have and apartment, a license and a car. It’s changed my whole life. And it’s just crazy to think it all started with coming to the Mission for dinner.”


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


“When you have good food in your belly then the whole day is so much better. You start to have a future when you start feeling good”


“That Thanksgiving meal showed me there was still hope.”


“When you’re hungry and dehydrated you start to lose grip on what’s going on. Just being able to get something to eat can center you again.”


“To see meals being handed out, I was so thankful for whoever was behind it. Like I was in tears, it meant so much.”


“I was giving myself a slow death out there on the streets. I started coming here for dinner. The Mission saved my life.”


“When you’re starving, you feel so weak. You can barely move, much less walk around. That first meal I had at the Mission turned everything around.”


“Without this place, I would’ve been hopeless myself. I wouldn’t have known what to do.”


“I kind of gave up out on the streets because I didn’t think there were really any good people in the world. But when I came here and got a meal, everybody here was so nice and genuinely cared. It was a bright spot.”


“If someone cares enough to give me a hot meal, then maybe I can actually change.”


“I saw that it wasn’t just an act . . . the meals that staff and volunteers were serving showed me they cared. And wanted to help everyone coming through the doors anyway they could.”


“I thought I was actually going to dinner with my family jut because of the way they served us.”


“The Mission is where most homeless people go to eat because they know that eating is different for someone who’s homeless. It’s not just eating, it’s that for a few hours you’re warm, you can use the bathroom, you can talk to the person you need to talk to so you can get help.”


“Feeding people is a big part of just opening the door. We do more than serve the homeless. We give people hope, security and motivation.”

Andrew, Mission Staff

Together, We Can
Make a Difference

“We know that meals, that food is a basic need.

We want to make sure, as we go into this season, that [our vulnerable neighbors] have enough food to eat.

And by bringing them in to eat, [the Mission] has an opportunity to work with them and change their lives.

I hope you’ll consider giving a gift. I know I’m going to.”

Victoria Woodards | City of Tacoma Mayor

Meals are a basic need

“A meal is a basic need for every person. I can’t imagine anything more important.

And during the holidays, to have someone care enough to give you a hot, delicious meal? That’s a blessing for a person who is having a really hard time, the hardest time anyone can imagine.”

It’s something we can’t turn our back on. Let’s make sure people in our community are fed.”

Rex & Kathy Hadman | Mission volunteers and donors

“Feed the hungry and help those in trouble.”

Isaiah 58:10a (NLT)

It Starts with YOU . . .
Feed A Neighbor. Change a Life.

Giving meals is a simple but powerful way you can make a big difference for a man, woman, or child who’s homeless, hungry, and hurting right now.

Every $2.38 meal you give provides vital food. AND opens the door to resources that can help someone escape the streets and rebuild their life.

We help all people; including clients, volunteers, donors and staff, to become their best. We provide emergency services such as shelter and food to the homeless or hurting; offer self-sufficiency programs to help lift a person from poverty and break the chains of addiction; support prevention programs and share our Christian faith.