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June 17, 2011
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June 17, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I am a former volunteer who is currently an employee, but I am not writing this under duress, and no one else in my agency is likely to see it.

I love this organization, and I work here because I believe in this organization and the work it does. The Rescue Mission in Tacoma truly helps
people who are homeless. It not only addresses emergency needs, but it also offers programs that help people leave homelessness to lead fulfilling, self-sufficient, and productive lives in the community.

The Rescue Mission offers a free eight-month residential alcohol/drug addiction recovery program that has changed countless lives. With any addiction, some people have to try many times before they can actually quit. But those who become free from addiction are new people, and not only they, but also their loved ones and the whole community benefit from their transformed lives. This program is open to families so that parents do not have to leave their children in order to receive treatment.

The Rescue Mission recently constructed a beautiful facility that provides 36 emergency shelter and transitional housing units for unaccompanied women and families with children. There are more homeless families than people realize. Most homeless families do their best to keep people from knowing they are homeless because in addition to being embarrassed about their situation, they are afraid that their children will be taken away from them if people find out. While in emergency shelter and transitional housing, clients receive case management and other services and supports. Case managers help clients set goals and develop action plans that list steps they need to take to achieve their goals.

Clients in transitional housing who have not graduated from high school receive adult basic education and/or GED (high school equivalency diploma) test preparation. Many others enroll in vocational training or college to obtain skills and diplomas that will lead to higher paying jobs.

A dynamic youth program engages children and teens who reside in Rescue Mission facilities because their families are homeless. The program emphasizes the importance of education and staying in school. After-school homework help is provided every weekday during the school year.

I volunteered at this organization before working here, and I accepted employment here because I saw how much The Rescue Mission helps people in need.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would find more people with minority racial backgrounds for our Board of Directors.

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

*Prepare and serve meals at the Good Neighbor Cafe.
*Help sort donations at the Need-A-Break Donation Center.
*Help tutor an adult.
*Do yard work or inside cleaning at one of the facilities.
*Volunteer opportunities abound. Please fill out a volunteer application on our web site if you are interested in volunteering. www.rescue-mission.org