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A Brief History of Jubilee

In the early 1980s, three Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were working with Seattle women experiencing homelessness and realized that many women got stuck in a cycle of poverty because they couldn’t settle anywhere long enough to heal, address the root causes, and work to rebuild their lives.

With a vision for a longer-term housing …

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Rebuilding a Life at Jubilee

When Laurie first came to Jubilee Women’s Center in 2013, she was at a crossroads in her life. A long struggle with alcoholism had derailed her dreams, but a successful alcohol treatment program was giving her a second chance. Laurie knew Jubilee presented an opportunity to create a healthy and stable future. What she didn’t …

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Taking it to the Stage

Jubilee is honored to be a part of The Seattle Repertory Theatre’s new Public Works Seattle initiative, a city-wide effort to not only make theatre for our community, but also with our community.

Public Works Seattle engages people from every walk of life to participate in workshops, attend plays, and ultimately come together to create …

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Boutique Volunteers Have Special Flair

It is Tuesday morning at Jubilee’s boutique and smiling volunteers are busy setting out fresh-brewed coffee and pastries donated by Tully’s, arranging baskets of accessories and toiletries, and restocking racks with beautiful, high-quality, donated clothing and shoes in preparation for the the first clients at 10 a.m. It will be a busy day. Tuesday always …

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Reflections by Cheryl Sesnon

As we begin this new year, I’m apprehensive about the changing political climate and policies that impact the women we serve, especially the push for people experiencing poverty to “just get a job,” without regard for their complex situations.

While I agree getting a job is an ideal solution, there are numerous circumstances that can prevent …

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Lives Transformed & Dreams Come True

Each woman who comes to Jubilee brings her unique background and dreams. We welcome her where she is, help her see the possibilities, and walk with her on the journey until she can do it on her own. The path is paved with her aspirations. For some it’s a lifelong dream and for others, new …

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Jubilee Alumna Featured in NW Lawyer

NW Lawyer, a publication of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), published an inspiring story about recent Jubilee alumnae Isatou Jallow (shown on cover), who will graduate in December from the University of Washington School of Law. See the complete article at the WSBA website.

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Aya’s Story

I had been homeless since I was seventeen years old. Determined, but homeless. For seven years, I faced difficult challenges being homeless and alone. When I got to Sojourner Place in August of 2014, I knew I’d get the help I needed. But I quickly realized that you have to work hard for what you …

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The Closing Ceremony: Honoring Each Woman’s Transition at Jubilee

As a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, Sojourner Place had a tradition of celebrating the “sending forth” of each resident with a special ceremony to mark her move to independent living. Sister Jessica Taylor, care manager for Jubilee at Sojourner Place, continues the tradition today—and inspired the adoption of the practice at the main Jubilee …

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Outdoor Therapy

The yards around Jubilee’s Capitol Hill residences are especially beautiful this time of year, filled with lush plants, colorful blooms, and shady nooks. It wouldn’t be what it is today without landscape architect Maggi Johnson, who began nearly a decade ago cultivating Jubilee’s unremarkable yards into the treasured gardens we enjoy today.

Rewind to 2007, when Jubilee …

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