Jubilee Residents Interviewed by KING5 News

On June 15, KING5 reporter Natalie Swaby interviewed Jubilee residents Vonnie and Tessa to hear their thoughts on how the city should address the growing number of people in need of affordable housing without the head tax. Check out the video here:

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Honoring Our Past: Sister Margaret O’Neill

Margaret O’Neill, CSJP

Sister Margaret O’Neill, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace—the founders of Jubilee Women’s Center—died peacefully on June 8 in Bellevue, leaving behind a legacy of devotion to those experiencing poverty.

Sister Margaret and other Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were among the first in Seattle to advocate …

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Easy Ways For Your Group to Help Out

We make it easy for your friends, family, colleagues, teammates, and other groups to engage with Jubilee in a meaningful way. Here are two easy ways to get involved:

1) Coordinate a drive for consignment-quality women’s clothing or wish list items from Jubilee can provide logo signs, fact sheets, and a container to fill.

2) Host …

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Reflection & Refocus

This is a big year of reflection and refocus for Jubilee! As we mark 35 years of helping women rebuild their lives, we are making some exciting changes.

“We realize our focus has to be exceptionally strong around livable wage employment and housing in order for our graduates to be successful.”

At Jubilee, transformation doesn’t just apply …

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Finding Her Voice

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 she was still grappling with mental health issues …

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Formerly homeless women at Jubilee Women’s Center give back with gifts to others experiencing homelessness

During the holiday season especially, individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty are typically highlighted as those needing support. Here we shine a light on a group of formerly homeless and low-income women who are giving support.

Inspired by a letter from a resident in the Jubilee Women’s Center program, executive director Cheryl Sesnon this year …

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Jubilee Alumna Featured in Film Celebrating Refugees

Isatou “Isa” Jallow is a remarkable Jubilee alumna who is pursuing her dreams and making an impact wherever she goes. Filmmakers at Reel Witness donated their time to document Isa’s moving and courageous journey in a short film called “Little Rebel.” Reel Witness created Little Rebel in response to the current US Administration’s travel ban—and, …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith has given herself the nickname ‘The Ninja Baker.’ She keeps a list of her friends and their favorite desserts and any time she bakes extra cupcakes or cheesecake, she will surprise them by turning up with a special treat for them. Brianna is also a volunteer at Jubilee, and a few times each …

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Care Managers: The Heart of Jubilee

Jubilee’s holistic program wouldn’t be what it is without our care managers. The on-site staff meet regularly with residents, and some alumnae, to help them overcome barriers, build resiliency, and maintain long-term stability. Care managers are the “guides from the side” who help each woman make a plan and stay on track toward a fulfilling …

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Reflections by Cheryl Sesnon

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this year’s one-night tally of people experiencing homelessness in King County is up from 2016. According to All Home, the greater Seattle area’s lead agency on homelessness, a total of 11,643 people were experiencing homelessness on January 27.

Of those counted, 53% of people were in transitional housing …

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