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Tacoma Salvation Army assistance programs.

Several emergency services are offered by the Salvation Army. Families, individuals, the poor and unemployed across Pierce County can receive assistance from this non-profit organization. While some funds may be available for rent or energy bills, most of the aid provided is for basic needs such as food, shelter, or clothing. There may also be free back to school supplies for kids, low cost furniture in Tacoma, and also Christmas toys or meals. This is in addition to the low cost Family Store at the Salvation Army.

Financial help from Pierce County Salvation Army

Housing and shelter is one key resource offered. The Salvation Army family housing assistance program in Tacoma Washington has been providing emergency housing and stability to many families for years. People who stay there can also get help for the improvement of life skills. For example, this means that case managers can assist families and single women with both locating and securing permanent housing. They may be able to help people find programs for paying a portion of their rent or deposits as well.

Crisis Intervention or Case Management is always available too. Examples of some of the services offered as part of this include Housing Advocacy, Life Skills Training, Laundry Services, and three free Meals daily.

Referrals are available to community resources in Pierce County and across the state of Washington. The Salvation Army is always a key agency that offers this service. Learn about, and get help with applying to, programs such as SNAP food stamps and low income energy assistance (LIHEAP). Or get details on rental assistance and section 8 vouchers from public housing authorities. The Salvation Army works with all of these programs and more.

Some of the philosophy includes keeping families together, helping Tacoma families define and achieve self-sufficiency, and assist lower income individuals with obtaining Transitional or Permanent housing within at most 90 days. Call (253) 572-8452 for more details on housing.





Aiding the poor will always be a mission of the organization. The Salvation Army has always believed there there would be a need for assistance programs and services that seek to reach out to children, the elderly and the less fortunate. So social workers and volunteers do what they can to help those that are struggling. Some of the emergency assistance includes:

  • Rental assistance if a family is facing an eviction or has a so called notice to quit. Shelter and short term emergency housing may be offered.
  • Food, including meals and canned goods.
  • Life Saving prescription medications and vouchers for needed items. There are also resources such as the Naco Prescription drug discount card.
  • Transportation assistance, including gasoline vouchers, car repairs, or bus tokens around Pierce County Washington.
  • Utility bill assistance is always a focus of the Salvation Army.
  • Nursing Home Visits (as part of the League of Mercy), Youth Programs, Emergency Services, and Disaster Relief all may be offered.

Free food and seasonal Salvation Army services

The Tacoma food bank is open Monday – Friday. It may also be open an occasional Saturday. It will assist families who need free, high quality food and other household items. All goods are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A “warehouse” is available. The center will accept donations of household supplies, including shoes, clothes, food, or still functional, reusable household items. The items are then resold to the general public at the Salvation Army thrift store in Tacoma. Proceeds go to fund the assistance programs that the Salvation Army offers the low income and people who are struggling. There may even be low income furniture assistance programs.





In addition to the thrift store and food pantry mentioned above, additional aid may be offered around Thanksgiving and Christmas. This may include free meals or toys from programs such as the Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. The Salvation Army also helps students in Pierce County, and they do this by providing them with free school supplies, backpacks, pens, pencils, and clothes too.

Locations of Pierce County Salvation Army centers and programs

There is one primary spot for financial help as well as free stuff. The Salvation Army center is located at 1501 6th Ave. in Tacoma Washington. Call (253) 572-8452 for intake or more information.

By Jon McNamara

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