Vonnie’s Story

I lived in Bellevue for the past 20 years and over that time worked for a couple of public accounting firms. There came a point when I wanted to try something new with less stress. I was offered a job at a toy store in a mall near my home. After about 6 months,…

Tara’s Story

I had planned to retire and was going to be done in February 2018. I’d downsized and moved into a small studio three years ago in preparation. Everything was moving toward that goal when a family member had an accident. I had to liquidate a significant amount of my savings to pay the medical…

Trisha’s Story

As a survivor of domestic violence and stalking, I arrived at Jubilee exhausted and traumatized. Through the nurturing care of the Jubilee staff, I have had an opportunity to slowly heal and take the time to reassemble a life left in tatters. The ongoing stress that is a prominent feature of domestic violence and certainly of stalking, finally took its … Read More

Not Ready for Retirement: Cherryl

I don’t know where to start, so being me I will just take the direct express route. When I arrived at JWC I was a basket case. I spent the first few weeks curled up on my bed in the fetal position when I wasn’t staring blankly at the wall. I felt useless, old,…

Tessa’s Story

Tessa arrived at Jubilee in April 2017, worn down by years of depression that cost her job, several months in an emergency shelter, and a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She had begun the challenging work of putting her life back together as a transgender woman, but was still grappling with mental health issues…

I Always Have Hope: Tara

I had planned to retire and was
going to be done in February 2018.
I’d downsized and moved into a
small studio three years…

Not Ready for Retirement: Jacy

I landed at Jubilee on July 17, 2017,
after a 3 ½ year drug-related prison
sentence. I had opted into work
release and culinary school…

Melanie’s Story

I was born in a hippie commune in California, then we moved to a farm in rural Washington where my parents converted me to Christianity. I was a friend, sister, aunt, concerned citizen, voter, neighbor, and single mom. Mental illness struck me in my early 30s. I had always been bipolar but then became psychotic. People thought I was on … Read More