Associated Ministries has been central to Pierce County’s plan to end homelessness. All of Associated Ministries’ programs serve over 19,000 households each year. Its emergency services programs, including The Family Emergency Fund (FEF) and the Community Resource Connections Center (CRCC), support those who come to Associated Ministries for help working to regain stability after a household crisis.
Auburn Youth Resources (AYR) employs a Street Outreach Program to reach homeless youth in South King County. The South King County area has a largely hidden population of homeless children and youth that includes an estimated 2,908 homeless school children, and at least another 2,000 young adults aged 18-24. AYR’s Street Outreach team travels throughout South King County and reaches out to youth, engaging them in case management to help youth find housing, stay safe from predators, reconnect with school or find a job.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound (BBBSPS) develops and supports mentoring relationships between a child and a caring adult for children ages 7 to 18. Through its community and site-based programming, adult mentors (Bigs) meet with their Little Brother/Sister (Little) weekly, building a relationship and providing a consistent positive adult presence in the child’s life. By providing a caring, committed Big Brother or Sister who believes in their Little’s potential to be successful, BBBSPS creates the type of supportive relationships that help Littles achieve at the same level as their higher income peers.
Catherine Place Women’s Wellness Programming in Spanish addresses violence prevention, health education, empowerment, leadership development and community-building for Latina women in Pierce County. Since 2006, Catherine Place has offered "Juntas en Transicion" (Together in Transition), Pierce County’s only ongoing domestic violence support and education program in Spanish. Catherine Place also serves 55 Latinas annually for ongoing support through the organization’s Individual Support & Advocacy Program.
Volunteer Services of Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston Counties provides door through door medical, dental, mental health and grocery shopping transportation to low-income elders and adults with disabilities who don't qualify for other transportation sources. Door through door service means volunteers spend extra time with the client. They pick them up at their door and walk them into their appointments or help them do their grocery shopping.
The Children's Museum of Tacoma was established in 1985 by parents, teachers and community leaders dedicated to creating unique resources for families in Tacoma and the South Puget Sound Region. Its mission is to honor children and champion play.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Its goal is to prevent students from dropping out of school by implementing the Communities In Schools Site Coordination model of integrated services, focusing on both academic and non-academic interventions for at-risk students.
Courage360 helps people break out of poverty. It trains participants in job skills that prepare them for livable wage employment, teaches financial literacy and budgeting so participants can successfully live independently and improves participants’ job prospects by connecting them with local employers who are hiring. By providing overarching, multi-faceted support, Courage360 ensures that low-income individuals in our community are prepared for livable wage employment that will allow them to achieve financial independence.
Emergency Food Network (EFN) addresses food insecurity in Pierce County by providing its Partner Programs, consisting of food banks, hot meal sites and shelters with food, at no cost. EFN provides our Partner Programs with more than one million pounds of food each month, with the goal that no client will be turned away due to a lack of food.
The Franke Tobey Jones mission is to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community. The Point Defiance Ruston Senior Center is an integral part of FTJ’s strategic effort to meet that mission amidst a changing landscape. It welcomes more than 2,600 seniors (55+) each year for necessary services, fun activities and events, camaraderie and support, and nutritious meals. While the Senior Center falls under Franke Tobey Jones’ not-for-profit status, the Center operates under its own annual budget of approximately $100,000 and relies on community funding partners, individual donors and subsidy from FTJ to continue its operations.
Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures, Hilltop Artists is part of a community-wide effort to increase high school graduation and career and life readiness for students in Pierce County. Founded in 1994, it provides 550 youth with hot glass instruction and related arts training annually. Hilltop Artists educates using collaborative, hands-on learning methods and works with students to build positive relationships with adults and peers in a safe, youth-centered environment.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related psychological health conditions destroy the lives of many thousands of military personnel and veterans. Since 2010, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has addressed this critical issue, first by building the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) adjacent to the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and subsequently embarking on a 9-center plan to build satellites to the NICoE to deliver this advanced level of care to more Armed Forces and veterans closer to home.
As one of only two statewide health navigators, Korean Women’s Association (KWA) has helped 5,000 individuals enroll into Medicaid, Qualified Health Plan, or Medicare. KWA serves over 20,000 clients each year in 11 counties — providing home care, senior meal sites, domestic violence shelter, affordable housing, immigration assistance, benefits enrollment and community health programs. KWA maintains close, long-term ties with clients and prides itself in serving as their trusted advisors and tenacious advocates.