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…

Food Banks & SNAP Bring Health to the Table

Food Banks & SNAP Bring Health to the Table

Jean* knows the exact cost of fresh vegetables, bread and coffee. The 69-year-old, lifelong Seattle resident knows when and where to get the best deals that will stretch her limited income. And she also knows most healthy, quality foods aren’t affordable for her without assistance from both local food banks and the federal Supplemental Nutrition…

In Response to Charlottesville

In Response to Charlottesville

Elie Wiesel once said, the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The Nazis came to power in Germany because of the bystanders as much as the persecutors. Today, none of us can be bystanders. Silence is guilt. We must call on our leaders, no matter their party affiliation, to stand against bigotry…

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…

Home Care Is About People

Home Care Is About People

Home care is about people – those who need it and those who give it. That’s why Care Solutions by JFS is as focused on who it hires to provide in home-services as it is on the clients and families served. Monica Waweru has been a home care aide with Care Solutions for six years….

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…

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