Mission: The Rescue Mission has operated continuously since 1912.
Following is Tacoma Rescue Mission''s statement of purpose.
"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 and hurting, offer self-sufficiency programs to help lift a person from poverty and break the chains of addictions, support prevention programs, and share our Christian faith."
Target demographics: All demographics are served.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 2,000/year in programs that request ID. Thousands more are served anonymously.
Geographic areas served: Pierce County
Programs: *Adams Street Family Campus: emergency shelter and transitional housing for families with children and single women. Programming includes adult basic education/GED test preparation, life skills classes such as budgeting and parenting, and a vibrant child/youth program for the children of homeless families.
*Tyler Street Family Campus: transitional housing for families with children. Programming helps clients transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and includes a career coach to help clients access vocational training and college certificates or degrees that will increase their incomes.
* Addiction Recovery: A free-of-charge residential addiction recovery program is available for men, women, and families. This is an eight-month intensive faith-based program for people addicted to alcohol or drugs with the goal of life transformation.
* Good Neighbor Cafe: The Cafe provides breakfast and supper freely to anyone who enters the cafe, no questions asked. Although most who come for meals are homeless, some precariously housed people come occasionally. The availability of these meals means that people do not have to choose between paying for rent, medicine, or food. It also means that concerned people in the community can rest assured that meals are available for the homeless, and they can direct panhandlers to the Cafe rather than give them money that might feed an addiction.
* Emergency Shelter for homeless men at the Downtown Campus. Emergency shelter for unaccompanied women and families with children at the Adams Street Family Campus.
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.