Veteran, Student, Food Bank Client and Volunteer

Veteran, Student, Food Bank Client and Volunteer

Meet Tiffany, a veteran who both uses and volunteers with the JFS-sponsored food pantry for student veterans at Seattle Central College. I like to say I’m a rare bird, but I’m not a unicorn. I am a single mother with three children who filed for divorce when I was in basic training. I got married…

H2R and JFS Help People Take the Step to Stable Housing

H2R and JFS Help People Take the Step to Stable Housing

H2R is here for families like John* and Mae*. John lost his longtime job and steady paycheck. His wife, Mae, is physically unable to work and receives disability benefits. After losing his job, John took employment when he could, but wasn’t able to find the same level of pay. The drastic loss in income finally…

JFS Soccer Team Brings Refugees Together

JFS Soccer Team Brings Refugees Together

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by HIAS. “Anyone can play, our demographic is very diverse,” Ta Kwe Say proudly tells HIAS.org. “We have players from Congo, players from Vietnam, a player from Somalia, a player from Iraq and Iran. We have players from Burma, and even different ethnic groups from within Burma like…

What Is a Sensory Overload?

What Is a Sensory Overload?

Editor’s Note: This perspective on sensory overload and autism is from a Supportive Living Services client. Sensory overload is something that’s really important if you have someone with autism. I was diagnosed when there was still the split between Asperger’s Syndrome and autism. Now it’s just Autism Spectrum Disorder. I digress though. I have a…

Quality of Life for Older Adults

Quality of Life for Older Adults

Learn more about how Older Adult Services can help improve quality of life. Andrea* walked arm-in-arm with Yelena Mushkatina down the hallway toward the laundry room of her new senior housing. Andrea has washed clothes hundreds of times since her eyesight began to deteriorate in 2003. She is now legally blind. But having someone to…

ARTvocacy Is Refugees, Art and Advocacy

ARTvocacy Is Refugees, Art and Advocacy

The Ukrainian landscape recreated in oil paint, and the bald eagle, a symbol of the United States, brought to life in strokes of pencil. These are the visions of Olha, a Ukrainian refugee who was resettled by Jewish Family Service. Both pieces were on display at ARTvocacy in 2017. “Our refugee artists reflect the unique…

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