Nativity House is the largest, most comprehensive facility in Pierce County serving low-income and homeless adult men and women. Our goal is to provide for the basic needs of adult individuals experiencing homelessness, and offer concrete pathways to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. The new Nativity House combines the services previously offered by three separate Homeless Adult Services (HAS) programs: Hospitality Kitchen, Nativity House, and Tacoma Avenue Shelter.
Services are provided 365 days per year and include hot meals, day shelter, overnight shelter, mental health and chemical dependency assessments and referrals, rapid re-housing, access to mainstream public benefits such as Medicare and SSI, and job training. The new Nativity House also includes a new program, the Nativity House Apartments, which provides 50 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless single adults with disabilities.
The Day Center is open to guests currently staying at the shelter, however it is closed to outside guests as part of pandemic related safety precautions. An outdoor seating area is available in a covered patio space for guests who are seeking services but not staying at the shelter.
The shelter has a small clothing bank and volunteer chaplains regularly visit the chapel to provide emotional and spiritual support for anyone seeking counsel (all faiths welcome).
Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and individuals. Volunteers serving onsite must be at least 18 years old, able to pass a background check (Washington State Patrol and NSOPW), and willing to provide proof of vaccination (Covid-19). Offsite projects are available for group members under 18 or for volunteers who are not vaccinated. PPE is required for all onsite volunteer activity and is provided for volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities are available at Nativity House Shelter, the Stability Site, and Family Housing Network (all Catholic Community Services sites in Tacoma/Pierce County).