Celebrate the Home Runs

Celebrate the Home Runs

“The home run today doesn’t win the ballgame tomorrow,” my dad would say when he felt I needed perspective or a dose of humility. I believe in that saying — to some degree. But I also believe that celebration, tempered with humility, is just as necessary. This year has been rough. Our clients continue to…

Gleaning Volunteers Needed This Season

Gleaning Volunteers Needed This Season

As summer returns to Seattle, so does volunteer gleaning at JFS. For two Sundays a month, from spring to fall, volunteers are needed to collect fresh produce from the Broadway Farmers Market. The vegetables and fruits are then distributed at the Polack Food Bank, which serves more than 1,300 households each month. “Gleaning helps JFS…

Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Shaida Hossein goes through emergency preparedness kits piece by piece as she does with every JFS client. Then she follows up with questions and crisis scenarios. What would you do during a grease fire, windstorm or earthquake? Having a flashlight for power outages or a small supply of water on hand for emergencies shouldn’t be…

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…

Walking With Our Clients

Walking With Our Clients

Lani works with our seniors — survivors, fighters and the ones who never seem to catch a break. She is one of those dedicated people who has pictures of her with her clients above her desk. The type of person we would want taking care of our parents, or of ourselves. When I stopped by…

Empathy. Stability. Family.

Empathy. Stability. Family.

2017 Community of Caring Luncheon At a time when people too often feel divided from each other and empathy can seem in short supply, more than 1,100 people came together to support JFS and the life-changing services it provides to vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region. As event Co-Chairs Kathy Berman and Jan…

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