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 through FareStart. Initially I thought I’d just go back to what I was doing before because it didn’t matter. I wasn’t really that interested in culinary school, but did …Read more
I grew up in Colorado in an extremely abusive home. On top of that, I was the fat kid, bullied at school. To cope, I started using drugs at the age of 9, and it went downhill from there. By age 13, I was running away from home. My first suicide attempt was at age …Read more
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 …Read more
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 …Read more
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 …Read more