Give a Meal.
Change a Life.
Each $4.11 feeds one person this holiday season.
Your Gift Will Make a Difference
Neighbors in our community are hurting and more people are coming to the Tacoma Rescue Mission this time of year than any other. We need your help to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors receives the food, shelter and care they deserve. I see lives changed here every day—and it most often starts with a meal.
Change Another Life Today!
One Meal Can Change Everything
After being abused as a child, Kim began battling a devastating addiction that lasted for 32 years.
Eventually, she ended up in prison, where God captured her heart, healed her and gave her the unshakable desire to help people in need. And in 2022, we hired her to work in our kitchen.
“Working at the Mission has given me clarity on who I am as a human being. My life has changed and giving back has made me change,” Kim says. “What God did for me, He can do for anyone.”
Often, lasting transformation—like Kim experienced—can start with just one meal.
“When I hand someone a meal, I’m sharing that moment with them,” Kim says. “It may be the only meal they are having that day. And that meal brings them the love of Jesus and lets them know that they’re important.”
“One meal could save someone’s life, it could change someone’s whole outlook on turning their life around,” Kim says.
“Jesus says, ‘Feed my people.’ So, that’s what we do.”
A Meal is the First Step
The desperate need for food often brings men, women, and children to the Mission for the first time. After they eat, they discover everything they need to change their lives is right here, including resources such as:
“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
“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
“This program is what made the difference. It’s not a clean and sober program, it’s discipleship.” – Morgan
“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
“I learned where my behaviors came from. Why I was so angry and defensive. It helped me have goals and achieve them.” – Amanda
“My life was getting bleaker. Being here gave me hope. You can really see the staff’s dedication to helping veterans like me.” – Justin
“Without the Mission, I wouldn’t be graduating.” – Tre’von, Age 17
We’re All In This Together
The Mission is
Changing our City
“I enthusiastically support the Tacoma Rescue Mission in its work to meet the essential needs of our Tacoma citizens that struggle with homelessness. As Tacoma’s mayor, I believe that our community is only as strong as our ability to care for our most vulnerable residents. Through their efforts, the Tacoma Rescue Mission is creating durable pathways out of homelessness and poverty, extending real hope and ultimately helping build a more thriving city.”
Victoria Woodards | City of Tacoma Mayor
Meals are a basic need
“The meal services at TRM are so important for our community members experiencing homeless. It is the connection we make with each person we serve a meal to. Everyone deserves warm healthy food and Tacoma Rescue Mission does a great job of making each person they feed feel loved and respected.”
Alan & Rondi Miller
Because of Friends Like You
“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.”Stephanie
“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
“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”Trevor
“That Thanksgiving meal showed me there was still hope.”Kenneth
“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.”Carol
“To see meals being handed out, I was so thankful for whoever was behind it. Like I was in tears, it meant so much.”Dustin
“I was giving myself a slow death out there on the streets. I started coming here for dinner. The Mission saved my life.”Sofia
“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.”Melissa
“Without this place, I would’ve been hopeless myself. I wouldn’t have known what to do.”Willie
“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.”Robert
“If someone cares enough to give me a hot meal, then maybe I can actually change.”James
“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.”Paul
“I thought I was actually going to dinner with my family jut because of the way they served us.”Cameron
“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.”Maria
“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
“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19 (NIV)