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New Director of Development & Communications

We are delighted to announce the hiring of Timothy Close as Director of Development and Communications. He comes to TCH after six years as the Executive Director of the Museum of Glass where he was responsible for managing a $5.2 million budget and expanded one of the largest contemporary glass museums. For the past year and a half, Tim has served as a volunteer at Hospitality Kitchen and as an independent consultant to Community Health Care. Tim joins TCH with over 20 years of experience in executive leadership and a strong background in directing non-profit fundraising, strategic planning, and communications.

“Tim is a great addition to our team at Tacoma Community House,” shares Liz Dunbar, TCH’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to welcome a high-performing professional. Tim’s background in management and development will help continue to grow the success of the organization.”

As Director of Development and Communications, Close joins the leadership team with responsibility for generating support for the non-profit organization by fundraising from individuals, corporations, government, and institutional funders and by marketing TCH to stakeholders and the public. Close shares, “I am thrilled to join an organization with a commitment of providing comprehensive wrap-around services to help individuals transition out of poverty, navigate a new culture, and be successful in their lives.”


On Tuesday, Dec. 2, millions of people will celebrate a great tradition of generosity through #GivingTuesday. Kick off this charitable season by joining Tacoma Community House and empowering individuals in our community to reach their highest potential. Through your support, TCH is able to assist participants through education, employment, immigration, and civic participation; a springboard to self-sufficiency.

Your generosity today continues to help participants like Shakira. “When I came for the first time, I thought life was hard. My advocate at TCH taught me that it wasn’t difficult,” she shared with us. Shakira came to TCH fleeing an emotionally and physically abusive relationship — feeling afraid, living in a new country, speaking no English, and being financially insecure. Through our Client Advocacy program, Shakira found safety and received the assistance she needed to start a new life with her two sons. She was provided with legal advocacy and attained her U-visa, paving the way to self-sufficiency and success.

Upon learning about the additional services provided at TCH, Shakira enrolled in English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes. She quickly learned English and soon after transferred to Highline Community College to further her education and pursue a career in Nursing. To help finance her education and care for her two sons, Shakira attained her license to start her own cleaning business. She hopes to expand the business by hiring others and managing the business while going to school. “I feel free, I don’t depend on anyone. No one is controlling me or being abusive. I am not afraid and I speak English now!”

Through your support, Shakira knows how to speak English, owns her own business and is going to college. “Today, I look back and have come so far and would not have done it without TCH.”

This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of education. Of financial security. Of confidence. Of hope. Please consider supporting Tacoma Community House this holiday season. With your help, we can make positive change in our community.

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