JFS in Court on Behalf of Refugee Clients

JFS in Court on Behalf of Refugee Clients

JFS and its lawyers were in federal court Thursday, December 21, arguing on behalf of refugee clients and our ability to serve them now and in the future. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart heard arguments in response to two different challenges related to the Trump administration’s latest attempt to ban refugees. JFS v. Trump…

JFS and H2R Partnership Is a “Blessing Times 10”

JFS and H2R Partnership Is a “Blessing Times 10”

Jasmine was only able to work part-time after a ruptured aneurysm resulted in brain surgery. A single-mother recently separated from her husband, Jasmine was also homeless. “I was a Section 8 recipient, but you needed money for a security deposit and move-in fees,” she said. “I didn’t have it.” With the support of the JFS…

Veterans Rely on Local Food Banks

Veterans Rely on Local Food Banks

Jake* had a fairly normal life, mostly. He grew up in the Puget Sound region and moved to Seattle just in time for junior high school. At age 17, Jake joined the Army and moved off to seek adventures. After coming home, he worked in the IT department of a Seattle startup that is a…

Working Families, Grandparents Use the Food Bank

Working Families, Grandparents Use the Food Bank

Jasmin* is a grandma, and she loves it. She cares for her grandson during the day while his parents are at work. She comes to the Polack Food Bank to stretch her food stamp (SNAP) dollars. “We often see working families because of the rising costs of rent, utilities and food,” said Susan Rogel, Director…

Housing Success Stories

Housing Success Stories

As the Puget Sound region struggles to come to grips with a lack of low-income and affordable units, it’s important to take note of housing success stories. Here are some reports from front line staff of the vulnerable individuals and families who have achieved greater housing stability with support from JFS. Shira Stern Case Manager,…

Navigating Turbulent Times

Navigating Turbulent Times

On August 12, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the death of a young woman. On October 7, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched again in Charlottesville. Richard Spencer, a leader in the movement, has announced continued demonstrations. This year we have seen countless acts of violence and hate speech directed at…

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