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…

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…

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…

Refugee Restrictions Largely Blocked by Judge’s Ruling

Refugee Restrictions Largely Blocked by Judge’s Ruling

We are gratified by U.S. District Judge James Robart’s ruling in the Jewish Family Service v. Trump and ACLU of Washington v. Trump cases, issued on December 23. Judge Robart’s order largely blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s most recent refugee restrictions, which suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are…

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…

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