Here is an update regarding the on-going construction work around The Rescue Mission's Downtown Campus. For those traveling to the Rescue Mission on foot, starting 3/30/12 South C Street will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists will now be re-routed down 25th Street to Pacific Avenue, Pacific Avenue to 27th Street, and up the bypass road to reach The Rescue Mission. Signage will be posted to help guide pedestrians on the right path. See below for an image of the re-routed path.
Thank you all for your patience!
Crews working for Sound Transit will close South C Street from South 25th Street to South Tacoma Way beginning next Monday, Jan. 23, for roadway and street improvements. The closure is expected to last until April. Cars will be detoured up South 25th Street to Jefferson Avenue/Center Street in order to get onto South Tacoma Way. Signage will be placed to detour traffic. Pedestrians will be able to access South Tacoma Way via South C Street through a dedicated pedestrian path.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but in the long run these improvements are for the better for our community. If your donations consist of clothing or small household items, our Adams Campus will accept these donations on Thursdays from 2-4 and Saturdays from 1-4. You help us make the differences for those in need!
Easy Directions to Need-A-Break and The Rescue Mission Downtown Campus
From Hwy 16:
2. Turn left onto S Union Ave
3. Turn left onto S Center St
4. Turn right onto S M Street
5. Turn left onto S Tacoma Way
6. Destination 425 S Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98402 will be on your left.
From I-5 North & South:
1. Depart I-5
2. At exit 133, take ramp for East 26 St. toward Tacoma Dome
3. Turn left onto E 26TH St
4. Road name changes to S 26TH St
5. Turn right onto S A St
6. Turn left onto S 25TH St
7. Turn left onto Jefferson Ave/Center Street
8. Turn left onto S M St
9. Turn left onto S Tacoma Way
10. Destination 425 S Tacoma Way will be on your left
Before you discard the old, why not take some time to see if that “something old” is something someone can still use? Do you have clothes that don’t fit? Are you taking a step of faith and expecting your current clothes to be too big soon? Do you have extra blankets? Too many shoes? Too many coats? Canned foods that are sitting around unused? Too many cars? Donating to the Mission is a great way of making space for new things in your home or business, not to mention, you’ll help meet someone’s needs. Not all of us are able to donate money but many of us have extra things, extra clothing, extra food (that can of beans you know you will never use) that we can probably do without. Donate it to the Mission and help us clothe, feed, and give hope to others.
Thank you to all of our donors that donated Christmas gifts to Need-A-Break. This week we made available to parents choices of board games, toys, books, coats, clothing, candy, stockings, blankets, toiletries, all brand new, to give as gifts to their children. Your donations blessed many of our families that would have been without gifts for their loved ones. May you and your families be blessed beyond measure. May God fill what has been emptied this season. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year's from all of us here at Need-A-Break.
Love and blessings,
I just Want to say working at the Rescue Mission/ Need A Break office is spectacular. The people here are wonderful and everyone is always cheery and always in the mood of wanting to help someone out. It is a wonderful feeling to help out others in need and to put a smile on their face. I get instant graitification knowing that I can change someones life in a matter of seconds, And without them knowing they are actually changing my life. Being here is truly a Blessing in disguise . I am very Thankful!!!! Thanks Everyone for my wonderful experience.
Need A Break
A lot of you are looking for a way to give back to our community, thank you so much for thinking of us! We're accepting unwrapped christmas gifts beginning Dec 7-14 We've been getting a higher volume of calls and emails about gift ideas so here's a list to help out.
Gifts for Boys (ages 5-12)
sporting equipment (basketballs, footballs, baseball gloves)
fun family dvds,
Gifts for Girls (ages 5-12)
fun family dvds
anything they can create and make their own
Gifts for Teen Boys (ages 13-18)
$10-$20 gift cards to clothing stores
fast food stores
tickets to the movies
a gift card for a free pizza to have with friends
athletic clothing like Nike socks
Nike athletic shorts
Pro athletic team clothes)
Gifts for Teen Girls (ages 13-18)
$10-$20 gift cards to clothing stores or fast food stores
tickets to the movies
purses or anything to put makeup in
Gifts for Infants (Boy)
big toy cars
Gifts for Infants (Girl)
new stuffed animals
Gifts for Men and Women
New toiletries (shampoo, soap, razors, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
Merry Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving! Well it's not Christmas or Thanksgiving yet but I try to celebrate these two holidays every day of my life. The life of Christ and living life with a heart of gratitude. All around us you can feel the excitement of this season. We, here at Need-a-Break, appreciate all that you are doing. Many of you are donating clothes, toys, food, books, money, etc. We love what we do and are excited to help others in any way we can but your donations make it possible for us to go further than that. Your donation is a partnership with the Rescue Mission in helping to transform someone's life. Thank you for all that you do!
Thank you to all of our hard working staff and volunteers in the warehouse and the NAB office. You guys are awesome and I'm blessed to be surrounded by a great group of people.
Just a couple of updates:
Our awesome kitchen staff is preparing to put on a great Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some things they are looking for:
Turkey, ham, ground beef, salad dressings, pies (pumpkin, apple, etc.), yams, dinner rolls, Eggs, Cranberries / Cranberry sauce, Gravy/ Gravy Packages, Butter, Stuffing/ stuffing mix, Fresh Vegetables (celery, carrots, onions, etc.), Canned vegetables (green beans, corn), Fruit (apples, bananas, canned pineapple), Potatoes, Whipped cream/ Cool Whip, Cheese (variety).
This year our friends at Associated Ministries and Toy Rescue Mission will be holding their Annual Toy Drives. Associated Ministries' Toy Drive is on December 9th from 10am-2p.m. Call 253-383-3056, ext. 146 or email Christmas@associatedministries.org for more information. For information about receiving gifts through the Toy Rescue Mission call (253)460-6711.
Abundant blessings from He who is Most High!
Once again, It's getting cold outside and here at the Rescue Mission we are in desperate need of warm related clothing. things such as: hats, blankets, coats/jackets, gloves, etc. These things are essential in keeping warm. So, if you have any thing to contribute that might be too small, outdated, or simply just want to donate, feel free to bring them down to our donation center at our Downtown campus or Adams St. campus. We are also in need of baby/toddler clothing, hygiene items(deodorant, razors, shampoo & conditioner, and soap). These things go very quickly! So when you are cleaning out your dressers and closets please keep the Rescue Mission in mind. Thank You in advance.
Also, there are some things that we do not accept as donations at the Rescue Mission Warehouse:
Anything broken or incomplete
Stained, ripped, or dirty clothes
Large furniture and beds (please donate these to our partner organization the Northwest Furniture Bank, ask us for directions and any more info or visit their website www.nwfurniturebank.org)
Thanks to the help of many volunteers, interns, and staff, the clothing has moved and is ready to serve those in need. The clothing room in now in the Need-A-Break warehouse and will be open simultaneously during the hospitality hours which are Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm. Mens, Womens, and Children’s clothing are all available to the clients of the Rescue Mission and to the Public.
Do remember that all clothing donations the Mission receives gets plugged in right away to the clothing room for the clients. When the clothing is unusable, or is something the clients wouldn’t benefit from, we have a partnership with Value Village which pays the Mission for the abundance of cloth. From this partnership, the Mission is able to help fund programming and continue the mission of life transformation.
If you are interested in volunteering with the clothing room, please fill out a volunteer form at: http://www.rescue-mission.org/volunteer-application?box_number=2. If you have any questions about the clothing room or would like to learn more, feel free to comment below.
Let the Sun Shine on Everyone’s Lives!!
Hopefully everybody is enjoying their summer! Here at The Rescue Mission we are busy! In our hospitality area we are reorganizing everything so that the clothing room currently located in the emergency services area will now be located in the donation warehouse starting mid-August! This is so exciting because we will now be able to offer men’s, women’s, AND children’s clothes four days a week! (Currently only offering men’s and women’s clothing on mon. and weds.) So please think of us when cleaning out those closets and dressers before going school clothes shopping for the kiddos.
We want everybody to know just what a difference you make in other people’s lives when you take the time to volunteer or donate items to The Rescue Mission. Without you we wouldn’t be able to help others. Thank you!
Some of the things we are in real need of right now would be men’s deodorant (small trial size is best), diapers (all sizes), razors (men’s and women’s), shampoo and conditioner, and soap. Basically essential toiletry items are always in great demand here. Also, school is about to start again and school supplies are a very welcome donation.
Thank you for everything that you do!