Overcoming Obstacles at the Mission

Stabilizing and transitioning families to permanent housing and self sufficiency is at the heart of the Rescue Mission Tyler Street Family Campus. A family living at the Tyler Campus shares their story of hope at the Rescue Mission.

About Us 

The Rescue Mission provides help and hope to men, women and children who need shelter, food and assistance with life changes that lead to self-sufficiency. The Rescue Mission works with people at all stages of addiction, homelessness or other life challenges, offering proven services, support and facilities. Originally founded over 100 years ago to serve homeless men in Tacoma, the Rescue Mission has grown to serve women and children in all parts of Pierce County.


We will always provide opportunities and support to help transform lives – those we serve, one another and our volunteers.


The Rescue Mission provides help, hope, and healing to individuals and families in need.


Help others to be transformed through Christ.
Offer grace and accountability that helps people create a better future.
Provide clean inspiring environments to communicate dignity.
Embrace change and maximize partnerships.


“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; 
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

The Rescue Mission

  • Serves more than 26,000 healthy, nutritious meals monthly to people who would otherwise go hungry
  • Provides shelter to more than 450 people every night; many of our beds are occupied by children
  • Helps people from all parts of Pierce County, including Fife, Lakewood, Puyallup-Sumner and Tacoma


Our Innovative and Successful Programs

  • Provide more than 1,500 hours monthly of free skills training, resume assistance, GED preparation and learning assistance through our Challenge Learning Program
  • Offer about 2,000 hours a month of free drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to women and men in our New Life Programs.
  • Give 500 hours a month of homework assistance, tutoring and other support services to children of our clients; additional Youth Programs are offered in the summer and throughout the year
  • Help people overcome addiction and other life challenges through individualized Case Management services of about 1,000 hours a month


Funded in part by

  • United Way of Pierce County
  • The City of Lakewood
  • Pierce County 
  • The City of Tacoma


“Experience is a good teacher. After the experience of homelessness my family has endured, my perception about homeless people has changed. I will be more compassionate than I have ever been. There is no stereotyping when it comes to homelessness.”

– Family Life Program Client


View our 2012 service statistics

Rescue Mission, 2012, Pierce County