Homeward Bound at Tacoma Public Library

The Homeward Bound @ Tacoma Public Library is a partnership between the House of Matthew and the library. The purpose of the program is to provide life skills training for those who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless.

This 5 week program offers presentations, workshops, and computer classes on the following topics:

Nutrition and Hygiene
Library Resources
Financial Management and Literacy (through HomeStreet Bank)
Getting an ID
Social Security
Employment and Education Resources (including free GED prep)
Child Support
Computer and Digital Literacy Skills
Mental and Physical Health
Background barriers
Substance Abuse
Landlord/Tenant Relationships

All sessions are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library. A continental breakfast, snack, and box lunch are provided each day. A graduation ceremony is held at the end of each program. Participants receive, as donations permit, a sleeping bag, flash drive on which to store computer work, a hygiene packet and certificate of completion from the program and a Financial Literacy certificate from HomeStreet Bank.

Our current cohort is in session until June 3 and you are welcome to drop in to get an idea of what the program is like. The next cohort will begin in Fall 2016.

To register or get more information, call the House of Matthew at (253) 301-0508 or Tacoma Public Library at (253) 280-2809.