LGBT Refugee Couple Risks All for Love

LGBT Refugee Couple Risks All for Love

When you ask Fatimah* and Sanaz* how they first met, they give the expected response for millennials in love — online. But for these 30-year-old women, only their introduction hews to the expected. They started chatting eight years ago on an Arabic-language social media site called Dagged. Sanaz was living in Turkey with her parents….

SNAP Is a Success That Needs Protection

SNAP Is a Success That Needs Protection

SNAP is a success. For decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps, has been the most important resource available to Americans struggling with food insecurity. That’s why we must remain committed to protecting and strengthening this program. One of the things that makes SNAP so effective is its structure as an entitlement program,…

Help Spice Up the Food Bank

Help Spice Up the Food Bank

While spices provide a healthy zest of flavor to meals without adding unhealthy sugar or fat, they are pricey and a luxury not all can afford. Learning about spices has been a key part of Polack Food Bank cooking classes. Each month, Food Bank Specialist Brian Sindel meets with about a dozen clients to make…

Gloria

Gloria

Would there be a minyan? That was the worrisome question I didn’t say out loud. Gloria was in her late 60s, raspy-voiced, recently moved to a subsidized Lynnwood apartment that fronted I-5. She had endured a traumatic period of homelessness, living between shelters and her car while trying to manage a host of chronic conditions….

Stability of Vulnerable Washingtonians

Stability of Vulnerable Washingtonians

JFS can’t meet the needs of our clients alone. State government programs are vital to the stability of vulnerable Washingtonians. Thank Washington Legislators Here are five state-funded programs that matter for JFS clients who are trying to achieve housing and financial stability. It’s time to thank legislators who continue to champion these important programs. You’ll…

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew), we remember our local Puget Sound survivors and their stories, told in their own words. Photographs are by Dara Rosenwasser. Celia Etkin (1922 – 2009) b. Sighet, Romania Wartime Location: Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany; Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland; Hamburg & Braunschweig, Germany; Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany “My…

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