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End of Year Donations W

ith the end of the year looming large, now is the perfect time to make a tax deductible donation to Tacoma Rescue Mission. People in need will be thankful for your concern and help. You, too, will benefit from the write-off on your 2008 tax return for donations made by December 31st, 2008. This is also a great time to include the Mission in your will, to transfer stocks, donate unused property or to make an endowment. Sue Horgen, Finance Officer, is more than happy to help with any of these donations and can be reached at or (253) 383-4462. The Mission is a 501(c) charity and all donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

PO Box 1912 • Tacoma, WA 98401 (253) 383-4493 •

A note of appreciation

December 2008

Thank you for letting us use the services of the New Life Square Men’s Mission. Our stop in Tacoma turned into an experience that we will never forget. At your center, we were treated like gentlemen and inspired by the kind and respectful people. At your center we were given the chance to look for an occupation... We were honored to receive help from your Mission - it was a great experience for both of us.”

Aaron & David

Memorial Donations Ramona Abra

from Melvin Abra

James L Brouillet

from Donald Myers, Jr William & Linda Streeter

don bussey

from Pam Fick

Mary L Cap

from Irene L Owens

Jean Cooper

from Mr & Mrs Henry Rutt

Douglas Edwards

from Beth & Robert Fisher

Edna G Everett

from Nina Everett Elaine Allen Margaret Baker

Kenneth Gordon

from Don & Dianne Berger Cay Mtthaei Gene & Margaret Pankey Mr. & Mrs Toy Tate Joyce Wenk

La Moyne Hreha

from Mrs Kay Jones-Lloyd

Arnold R Knutson

from Donna M Chapman

john lavorato

from Richard & Doris Allmer

Glen McAfee from James & Judy McAfee

LeAnne Meldahl

from Mr & Mrs Stanley Vanderpol

Warren and Dick Smith

Jeffrey Cobb Ewing

from Kathleen Smith

C Keith Geense

from Virginia & Richard Ambuehl

from Barry Ewing

from Beth J Geense

John Gohrick

from James & Nancy Thoren

Frank Suter

James Patrick, Elizabeth, John, Thomas and Sr. Brigid Ann Devlin

from Joseph P Devlin

When you honor your friends and loved ones with a donation to Tacoma Rescue Mission this Christmas, we will send a card letting them know how much you care for not only them but those less fortunate.

In this issue: • Preparing a Thanksgiving Meal • Go green with the Mission • Thanks - coffee was great Helping all people become their best

through the love of Christ.

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While it’s a beautiful song, I can’t help but think of all the clients who will gather at the Mission for Christmas and how that song probably doesn’t touch them the same as it does me. For some, Christmas is simply another day. They don’t have the joy of knowing this is the day we celebrate the most merciful gift ever.

OFFICE 702 Pacific Avenue MAILING ADDRESS PO Box 1912, Tacoma, WA 98401 GENERAL INFORMATION (253) 383-4493 DONATE ITEMS AT 425 S Tacoma Way TO VOLUNTEER Call (253) 383-4493 or visit BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark Taylor, President Dennis Davenport, Vice President Jim Freisheim, Ph.D., Secretary Cheryl Montgomery, Treasurer Kevin Phelps Terry Brink Larry Geringer Ron Thompson Gene Pankey Bruce Bodine NEWSLETTER EDITOR Anna Eastabrooks

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. rg. Matthew 1:21

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Ray Arnold, Emeritus Bob Schultz, Emeritus Mitch Anderson, Jr. Charla McClain

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As you make your last minute preparations, please think of the many guests we will serve on Christmas. Say an extra prayer, buy an extra turkey, knit an extra scarf, or purchase an extra gift – anything you can do to make a difference in the lives of the hurting and lost will be a gift well worth giving. May you have a most blessed Christmas!

“This is my first Christmas sober in 20 years... it feels good, really good.”

“Drugs took everything from me, but this Christmas I have my kids back, I have my life back!”

“I’m going to love Christmas at the Mission ‘cause I have a bed and good food.”

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ecently a simple question was asked of clients at the Mission - “This Christmas what will be your greatest joy.” The answers are quite touching...

“I’m glad we don’t have to be in our car for Christmas and that I have my own room now.”

Some come to the Mission because they have no family to share the holiday with. Maybe they’ve made choices that have estranged them from their loved ones; maybe they don’t have people who truly care about them. No matter what brings them to the Mission, we’re glad they can call us home for the day. We’re busy preparing a feast and will greet each guest who enters our home as if they were a crowned prince. The table will be set with our finest offerings – the dining room will be festive and bright – and we will bestow a gift upon each and every guest gracing our presence.

Amazing answers

“I’ve met so many nice people this Christmas at the Mission.”

“It will be wonderful to get new coats for all my kids. I would have been happy with just the stroller I asked for.”

“Being homeless at Christmas is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. Being here at the Mission will make it bearable.”

“I’ve felt more love here at the Mission than I ever have at Christmas, I think I’m beginning to understand what it’s all about.”

“I know I’m making the right decisions for me and my children - that’s a first for me and I’m so grateful for the courage to those choices.” “I think my greatest joy is going to be simply having hope inside me again. I don’t feel dead anymore - it’s amazing.”

Make a difference in the New Year The year 2009 is right around the corner - what will it hold for you? Perhaps it will be the year you get a promotion - learn to swim - loose that stubborn five pounds. Or maybe it will be the year you start a new tradition - one that can really make a difference in the lives of hurting people in our community! Tacoma Rescue Mission doesn’t have a ‘slow’ time of year. Every day is busy at the Mission and every day people walk though the doors searching for help and guidance. What a difference you can make to someone in need... Organize a yearly food drive - while they’re popular during the holidays, the Mission would benefit from them year round. Become a dedicated volunteer - pick an area you’re passionate about and get involved. Mentor someone - many of our clients simply need a good role model and someone who will give them hope and encouragement. However you can make a difference in the life of someone who hurting, make 2009 the year you do it!

December 2008 Newsletter  

Christmas at the Mission • Simple questions - amazing answers • Make a difference in the New Year

December 2008 Newsletter  

Christmas at the Mission • Simple questions - amazing answers • Make a difference in the New Year