KentHOPE Overnight Shelter provides a warm, welcoming and safe place for women in the Kent area who have no other place to go. On any given night, more than 10,000 individuals are living homeless in King County, with an estimated 18–20 percent being women. In coordination with other Mission and community programs aimed at serving this population, the shelter provides enduring solutions beyond basic necessities that help guests find pathways off the streets and out of homelessness to stability and health and homes.
Sound Outreach aims to provide health insurance for all members of our community. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has led this program for the past three years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, subcontracting with numerous agencies and clinics to successfully enroll tens of thousands of community members in health insurance. The focus over the past two years has increasingly shifted to QHP outreach, leaving few resources for staff to assist clients outside of hospital and clinic settings for Medicaid enrollment.
SSP2P is unique in its ability to provide the wide variety and high quality of information, resources and support services to families caring for people with special needs with no financial burden as all services are free. There is no other agency in the community providing COS-P sessions for parents/caregivers of children with special needs. SSP2P continues as a unique collective due to the focus on family engagement and support. SSP2P is the only Thurston County service organization supporting families who care for people with special needs of all ages and abilities.
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community (TLRC) was established in 1938 to serve the elderly in the South Sound. Today, it is one of only two not-for-profit retirement communities in all of Pierce County, and the only one with contracts with Medicare and Medicaid, despite the decline in government reimbursements. With independent living, assisted living and full skilled nursing care, each person receives the care they need on its campus.
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable homeownership to low income families in need. It partners with families in need to build and own simple, decent, affordable homes in safe communities. Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity helps families break the cycle of generational poverty through home ownership opportunity, serving low and very low-income families earning 30-80 percent of the area median income.
TEAMS stands for Together, Eating better, Actively living, Monitoring health, and Self-Managing risk. TEAMS is a structured program that integrates evidence-based biopsychosocial approaches in a unique, holistic manner to elicit and positively reinforce healthy lifestyle behaviors and to mitigate the impact of chronic illness. TEAMS represents an engaging, motivating way for members of a community to make small, manageable steps toward healthier living.
The First Tee curriculum uses activity-based learning that provides students with skills, knowledge, understanding, support and the opportunity to practice basic golf while adopting life-enhancing behaviors in physical education. This includes also empowering them to extend these skills and positive behaviors to their school, home and community lives.
In 1954, Metro Parks founded Specialized Recreation to provide activities and sports opportunities for adults and youth with cognitive disabilities. Metro Parks Tacoma was one of the first local entities to work actively to address and change stigmas for people with disabilities. Since that time, Specialized Recreation has offered high-quality programs for Tacoma/Pierce County residents of all ages with disabilities. Available regularly, these essential enrichment, wellness, and community opportunities provide a safe place for participants to develop lifelong relationships, self-determination, and a sense of belonging.
TEARS is there when families are faced with the sudden and unexpected crisis of the loss of a baby. There are over 1,200 babies who die in Washington State every year. The parents of these precious babies are now faced with a decision: cremation or burial of their little one. Although the cost for an infant’s funeral is significantly less than an adult’s, the financial expense of buying a casket, an urn or a grave marker is a heavy burden on many young families.
Trinity Neighborhood Health Clinic has been providing free health care on the Hilltop for over 20 years. We share a similar mission in providing health care to our community, and often see patients in follow up from the local emergency departments because they have nowhere else to go.
United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are launching Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) in Pierce County; a proven model to help low income families become financially stable. UWPC is committed to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
The Washington State History Museum is in its 125th year of serving Washington state through innovative programming and exhibits. The museum has a successful track record of both attracting audiences and providing high quality public and educational programming. Each year, it serves more than 16,000 school kids from around Puget Sound through onsite field trips.
Since 2011, Washington FIRST Robotics has offered free mentor based programs for youth ages 6-18 to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and math skills (STEM) and to foster well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, teamwork and leadership, so that youth have the skills necessary for the 21st century economy. Using competitive robotics as a learning platform, its programs provide hands-on experience with an emphasis on fun that students would not otherwise gain in a traditional classroom.
Serving generations of Northwest seniors and their families since 1944, Wesley Homes and Wesley Homes Foundation provides a network of housing and health care services for older adults, including retirement communities in Des Moines and Auburn’s Lea Hill plus a Medicaid and Medicare licensed home health care agency serving residents in their homes in King and Pierce counties.