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.
The Need-A-Break program is so much more than a place to donate and a place for people to come and get things that they need. Often times it is forgotten that the Need-A-Break program also has a minor car repair program. Recently, we have been fortunate enough to have a volunteer from Issaquah, Tate Mathews, create easy-to-follow pamphlets for clients on how to maintain their cars and try and prevent/troubleshoot the need for minor repairs.
Tate is a senior attending the IQ Academy Washington, which is an online public high school based out of Vancouver, Washington. As part of his requirements as a senior, he needed to complete 15 hours of community service and wanted to do something that he took personal interest in. Therefore, he reached out to the Rescue Mission and offered his services. He has a strong knowledge and love for cars and overall, wanted to utilize his passion and put his time and energy into something that could benefit others. He has created four different pamphlets for the Rescue Mission and they are divided into four different categories; how to perform an oil change, how to replace an air filter, how to maintain and check tire tread depth and pressure, and he is planning to finish another one on spark plugs. Included in the pamphlets are the average time, tools required, replacement parts required, and a step-by-step guide with pictures included on what exactly to do and how to go about each activity. These pamphlets are available to clients who come to Need-A-Break for minor car repairs and are great to encourage others to take ownership.
The cool thing about Tate is that he was able to find an outlet for his creativity and was able to utilize his passion of cars and turn it into something useful for other people. As you read this story, think about what you are passionate about. Then ask yourself if you are your restricting your creativity? What are ways you could use your passions for the greater good and help people the same way Tate did?