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Finding Purpose with The Chrysalis Project

Chrysalis: a preparatory or transitional state

Almost half of the women at Jubilee experience barriers to employment due to age, disability, extreme trauma, and complex conditions. Without a sense of purpose or regular interactions with others, they are at greater risk of slipping into isolation and depression.

To better serve these women in the spirit of our …

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Reflections: One Size Does Not Fit All

By Cheryl Sesnon, Executive Director, Jubilee Women’s Center

For the past 20 years I’ve worked in the “homeless sector” and there is a continuous frustration I bump up against, both at an individual level and a systemic level: We continue to use vague language to describe a condition that is much more complicated.

Homelessness, whether chronic …

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Introducing: The Chrysalis Project

For some women at Jubilee, working a traditional job may not be an option because of complex mental and physical health conditions. To better meet their needs, Jubilee is launching The Chrysalis Project, designed to give these women small business management experience by creating products to sell at local markets. Participants will attend ongoing seminars and training with the …

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2015 Jubilee Volunteer of the Year

Contratulations, Monica, Jubilee Volunteer of the Year! You are a treasured part of our “extended staff”!

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2015 Breakfast Event Highlights


Together we raised $267,409 at Jubilee’s benefit breakfast in October—funds that will provide women with safe and affordable housing, support services and basic needs so they can heal and work toward independent living.

Much gratitude to our generous individual donors and corporate sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor – Providence Health & Services

Executive Sponsors – GLY Construction, PeaceHealth

Table Partners – AmericanWest …

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Pathways to Housing


By Carol Rozumalski, MSW, MEd, Care Manager, Jubilee Women’s Center

Pathways to Housing was a class I wanted to develop as soon as I came to Jubilee. I had worked 15 years in subsidized housing and saw a need for people to improve their command over their housing search. Like the journeys of the Jubilee women, I …

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Reflections: Seeing Beyond Homelessness

By Cheryl Sesnon, Executive Director, Jubilee Women’s Center

Recently I had a conversation that significantly impacted me. One of our residents, Janet, was going through her third bout with cancer and chemotherapy. At one point during a difficult conversation, she shouted, “You don’t even know me!”

It was one of those moments that felt like a slap in the face …

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Annette’s Story

By Annette Smith, Jubilee Alumna, Student and Board Member

You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’re homeless, with nowhere to go. I never thought I’d be in that situation, so when it happened to me it was mindboggling. Sometime we’re full of shame about our stories and afraid to tell them, but it’s through revealing your …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Breanna

We asked volunteer Breanna Beike how she got involved with Jubilee Women’s Center and why it matters to her. This is what she shared:

I am a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier here in Seattle. I was informed of our community outreach programs via Les Dames. I was a transfer member from Chicago. I relocated here …

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Susan’s Story

I want you to really understand how much of a difference your support has made in my life and the lives of others who have gone on to better situations, the ones who are still here working on a better life, and the ones who will follow. Here’s my story…

I was abandoned to the streets …

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