Washington State Affordable Housing Legislation

Washington State Affordable Housing Legislation

Washington state affordable housing legislation was the focus for JFS Lobby Day in Olympia on January 31. Seventeen staff, Board Members and volunteers had 19 meetings with representatives and senators to discuss three measures critical to maintaining and increasing affordable housing options. JFS serves such a wide range of individuals and families, including, domestic violence…

Remembering a Brother and Giving Back

Remembering a Brother and Giving Back

Editor’s note: We originally shared this story about Rich and his sister Linda in fall 2016. Sadly, the complications from Rich’s heart attack increased after our story was published. As a result, Rich died in July 2017. Linda kindly shared her thoughts about her brother and the actions he inspired her to take. “Richard, or…

1620 16th Avenue Provides an Opportunity

1620 16th Avenue Provides an Opportunity

Jewish Family Service was presented with a rare opportunity when a property adjacent to the agency’s 1610 16th Avenue parking lot came on the market in 2016. With guidance from a volunteer advisory group of real estate experts, the JFS Board of Directors made a decision to bid on the small apartment building at 1620…

125 Years: A Milestone of Significance

125 Years: A Milestone of Significance

“As in the rest of America…growth and success did not extend to all in Seattle.” This passage from Carolee Danz’s history of JFS isn’t a contemporary reference. It’s the description of Seattle, circa 1892, the year the women of this Jewish community first organized to collect and distribute aid to the most vulnerable. Those acts…

Nutritious Food for All, Even Those With Dental Problems

Nutritious Food for All, Even Those With Dental Problems

Beverly* had been homeless off and on for a long time. One by one, she lost her teeth until she had none. The factors involved in this loss were more complicated than, “I don’t like to brush my teeth,” and Beverly wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone. Her story follows a predictable pattern common in…

Saying Goodbye After Years of Connecting Volunteers & Clients

Saying Goodbye After Years of Connecting Volunteers & Clients

Following a 19-year career at Jewish Family Service, first as Volunteer Coordinator and then as Director of Volunteer Services, Jane Deer-Hileman will be leaving at the end of December. Through nearly two decades of service, Jane helped connect the unending generosity of volunteers with the continued need in our community, according to Galit Ezekiel, Senior…

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