Tacoma council passes $4 billion budget. How much is for police, homeless and more?

November 26, 2022. Article by Liz Moomey, The News Tribune.

In homeless services, the budget is $34 million to go toward adding two employees to the Homeless Engagement and Alternatives Liaison Team, maintaining and expanding emergency and temporary shelter capacity and expanding Tacoma Rescue Mission men’s shelter project and TRM’s shelter project operating costs. The city plans to stand up 150 shelter beds and add 120 affordable housing units in the next two years.

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Homeless [mitigation site] will be a first for Tacoma. Where will it be and what makes it different?

November 13, 2022. Article by Liz Moomey, The News Tribune.

The City of Tacoma is planning on opening a mitigation site at 3561 Pacific Avenue for homeless adults. The site which holds 50 tents is a low-barrier shelter with day-to-day operations being managed by the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

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Tacoma Rescue Mission Looks to Help Anyone in Need – Mission Thrift Grand Opening

July 26, 2022. Article & Video by Michael Driver, Fox 13 News.

A thrift store in Tacoma had their grand opening last week, but this isn’t just any business—this local spot is all about helping their employees and customers with fulfilling their needs, all while finding some great deals.

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Tacoma Rescue Mission Hosting Grand Opening for New Thrift Shop

July 20, 2022. Article by Audrey Herrin, South Sound Mag.

Tacoma Rescue Mission is holding a grand opening for the new thrift shop Mission Thrift in the 6th Avenue Business District on July 22. The shop will sell Tacoma Rescue Mission’s excess donated items including toys, clothing, and furniture. The grand opening is open to everyone and will feature discounts, food and drink, and family-friendly activities.

The goal of Mission Thrift is to assist those experiencing homelessness and community members in need more broadly.

See full article here: South Sound Mag

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Here’s Pierce County’s $50M plan to house 200-300 of its chronically homeless residents

July 19, 2022. Article by Alexis Krell, The News Tribune.

Pierce County leaders are looking at a development outside Austin, Texas as a model for addressing chronic homelessness. The community has permanent-housing micro homes arranged into neighborhoods, with a health clinic, addiction, mental health services, and on-site job opportunities.

The Tacoma Rescue Mission has expressed interest in potentially operating it, recently submitting a feasibility study that the County Council discussed at a study session on July 11. A full proposal for the development, including a location for it, will go before the council in October.

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The Tacoma Rescue Mission requests community support during kitchen closure and major renovations

April 15, 2022. Coverage by multiple news outlets.

The kitchen at the Mission’s Downtown Campus (425 S Tacoma Way) is closing amidst much-needed, major renovations and expansion from April 29th to June 30th. The Mission is requesting community support to continue providing crucial meals to our neighbors in need during this time.

See full news coverage at the following news outlets: The New Tribune, Komo 4, and Q13 Fox

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March 17, 2022. Article by Dustin Sterns, LifeBridge Church Pastor

Life Bridge Church and the Tacoma Rescue Mission partner to offer a free eye care clinic to neighbors in need. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness were able to get free eye exams, prescription lenses, and frames.

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December 25, 2021. Article by Josephine Peterson, The News Tribune

Pierce County, the City of Tacoma, and homeless service providers have banded together to provide more shelter than ever before. The Tacoma Rescue Mission has added 50 beds to their 140 bed total (90 at the men’s shelter and 50 at the women’s), said Executive Director Duke Paulson. He doesn’t want to turn anyone away in cold weather, promising to convert the cafeteria, hallways, and day space to sleeping areas if needed.

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November 25, 2021. Article by Angeli Kakade, King 5 News

Community members rally to donate urgently-needed food donations to the Tacoma Rescue Mission to help provide meals for their vulnerable neighbors. In just a week, a couple turkeys in the freezer turned into 1,100 turkeys. Thanks to the communities generosity, these turkeys will not only provide Thanksgiving dinners but will also help to feed individuals and families experiencing homelessness after the holidays are over.

Read the full story on the King 5 News website.


July 13, 2021. Article by Lora Shinn, Pacific Lutheran University

Duke Paulson ‘93 graduated from PLU in 1993 with a major in biology and a minor in psychology. While at PLU, he was on the swim and rowing teams, played soccer for a bit, and was heavily involved in Young Life. Today, he’s executive director of Tacoma Rescue Mission where COVID-19 has added to the already urgent work of sheltering and supporting individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma.

Read the full story on the Pacific Lutheran University website.


September 17, 2020. Article by Josephine Peterson, The News Tribune

Returning to school is tricky for every family this year. For families living in a shelter with limited Wi-Fi, the challenges can feel insurmountable. Executive Director, Duke Paulson, didn’t realize until a few weeks prior to school starting that the Adams Street Family Campus would become an ad hoc school. Traditionally, the emergency shelter has focused on providing immediate needs like food, and shelter and reducing the barriers that cause homelessness.

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City to spend $1.6 million to help expand homeless shelter at Tacoma Rescue Mission

June 5, 2019. Article by Allison Needles, The News Tribune

The Tacoma Rescue Mission will expand this year to serve more people experiencing homelessness. Tacoma City Council unanimously approved a $1.6 million agreement on Tuesday to help add 50 beds to the Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter. The project will convert an existing storage facility on-site to a 24-hour emergency shelter.

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Women’s shelter coming to Tacoma Rescue Mission thanks to City of Tacoma contribution.

May 8, 2019. Article by Matt Driscoll & Video by Tony Overman, The News Tribune

Tacoma City Council approves $1.6 million commitment to help the Mission add a 50-bed women’s shelter at South Tacoma Way site.

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With a new leader, will Tacoma Rescue Mission adapt with the times? Let’s hope.

March 22, 2018 Article by Matt Driscoll, The News Tribune

It’s not hard to make the argument that the Tacoma Rescue Mission is one of the most important players in town when it comes to providing shelter, resources, and hope to the individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This week, the Mission named a new executive director, Duke Paulson, a 46-year-old Pacific Lutheran University grad with a long history working in the field. Next month, Paulson will take over for departed executive director Mike Johnson, who left the Mission in October 2017.

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How $1,500 is changing the lives of children at the Tacoma Rescue Mission

December 25, 2017. Article by Matt Driscoll, The News Tribune

A small, $1,500, grant through South Sound Together/Tacoma Children’s Museum has made it possible for the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s Family Shelter to open a preschool serving the children of people experiencing homelessness. Jackson said they are teaching the children how to trust their environment and others.

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Tacoma Rescue Mission group topples addiction and the state’s highest peak

September 17, 2016. Article by Matt Driscoll, The News Tribune

Tacoma Rescue Mission Executive Director Mike Johnson leads this year’s Mt. Rainier climb team comprised of recent or soon-to-be graduates of the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s addiction recovery program.

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August 31, 2015. Article by Matt Driscoll, The News Tribune

Since late 2011, according to executive director Mike Johnson, the ground under the building along South Tacoma Way has settled as much as five inches in some spots. It’s this sinking that led to the removal of the lighthouse after an inspection revealed that the structure was no longer safe. If a seismic event were to occur, according to the experts, the “symbol of hope” was likely to topple.

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Tacoma Rescue Mission’s lighthouse goes dark

August 26, 2015. Article by Brynn Grimley & Video by David Montesino, The News Tribune

The Rescue Mission in Tacoma had to take down its lighthouse Tuesday afternoon after finding that the settling of the building have rendered the structure unsafe.

Read the full article on The News Tribune website.