Samuel Z.

Tacoma Center YMCA

As a homeless young adult on the street, Samuel suffered from addiction and hopelessness. "Then God gave me a vision of what life would look like if I continued down that path," Samuel said. It took all the strength he had left to quit his addictive lifestyle, but Samuel committed his life to Christ and began serving the homeless. “I am a firm believer that what you put into others is what you get back.”

When he began to serve others, Samuel found his life coming full circle. 

He began No Limit Ministries, a street ministry which partners with the YMCA Juvenile Justice and Teen Late Nite program. Together, they provide anti-bullying programming, Sunday night street ministry, food for the homeless, and mentorship to at-risk youth participating in the Y’s Juvenile Justice and Teen Late Nite programs.

“Every time I come to the Y, I feel like I am back at ground zero,” said Samuel, “in the sense that I get a chance to rebuild myself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.” Samuel believes that as iron sharpens iron, we continue to make each other better.

As a member of the Y for the past six years, Samuel also says he loves the environment at Tacoma Center Y. “The communication is genuine. The staff actually walk around and care about you. I have never felt this way before until here.”