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,…

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

JFS Project DVORA Domestic Violence Services will focus on tzedek/justice throughout this year, including the impact justice has in the realm of domestic violence. While the justice system is supposed to help survivors, it is sometimes used against them, continuing the cycle of abuse and isolation. There is a common perception that abuse stops when…

Awareness Into Action

Awareness Into Action

The convergence in September of the High Holidays and Hunger Action Month is one reason JFS holds its  Community-Wide Food Drive in the fall. The response to the annual Food Drive is wonderful, and the donations help us address food insecurity in our community. But many people don’t realize the tons of food collected each…

Learning How to Support a Loved One With a Mental Illness

Learning How to Support a Loved One With a Mental Illness

Years ago, a boyfriend was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at nearly 18, and the last thing he was ready to do was acknowledge his diagnosis and need for treatment. While I wanted to be loving and supportive, I had little education on how to do this for someone with a mental illness. I felt alone…

A Refugee Returns to His Professional Path

A Refugee Returns to His Professional Path

A poster of blue skies above Kent lay across Meqdam “Mike” Almaroof’s desk on his first day of work with the city. He can recall the exact date — Aug. 15, 2016 — from memory and still has the poster that welcomed him to the team and exclaimed, “We’re happy you are here!” Almaroof was…

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