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.


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

Mission Statement

We help all people, including clients, volunteers, donors and staff become their best through the love of Jesus Christ. 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 addiction, support prevention programs and share our Christian faith. 


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 Rescue Mission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws.


“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