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As of January 1, 2009, the Joseph Foundation of Northeast Tacoma has merged with FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) of Federal Way.  The combined organization operates 15 units of transitional housing in Pierce and King Counties.  Housing is provided to homeless families with children for up to twenty-four months. Each family is chosen and monitored by a professional case management agency that provides counseling and training as required to help the family become self-sufficient.  

The program oversight is through a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers active in the community, including representatives from Wayside United Church of Christ, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, and Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal.  The churches provide financial support and volunteers for work parties, and also donate items needed to furnish the houses when new families move in.  Donations include furniture, bedding, cookware and dishes, and anything else the family may need to make a new start.  
Wayside holds a "Giving Tree" at Christmas time, so each person in the transitional family has gifts to open.

Please visit the FUSION website at


Wayside United Church of Christ