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 to our clients. As an organization we try to continuously evolve so we can more effectively meet the complex and changing needs of women experiencing homelessness. Because of Seattle’s growing income disparity, King County’s different use of resources to address chronic homelessness, and the region’s skyrocketing housing costs, Jubilee is moving into some new territory in order to better serve women in 2018. We realize our focus has to be exceptionally strong around livable wage employment and housing in order for our graduates to be successful.
This is what’s new:
• We’ve grown our employment readiness program with a greater focus on helping women identify and enter a career that will move them toward living wage employment.
• We’re helping women overcome a common barrier to securing housing after Jubilee with a new Matched Savings Program that enables residents to learn and practice valuable money management skills while they save up to $2,000—matched by Jubilee 2-1 for a total of $6,000—for first and last month’s rent, and security deposit on their next home.
• We’ve purchased and are opening a new home in Capitol Hill with room for 12 graduated women from our program who need a “next-step” home before they can afford market-rate housing.
Like the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, we have seen how women benefit from extra time to make permanent changes in habits, thinking, and behaviors so they can transform on the inside and move through the world differently on the outside. As we look ahead, Jubilee will continue to learn and adapt, looking for opportunities to more effectively empower women to move permanently out of poverty.
~Cheryl Sesnon, Executive Director