Stephanie’s Story

I came to live at Jubilee’s Sojourner House when I was released from prison on a Drug Offender’s Sentencing Alternative (DOSA). I was motivated to change. I needed stability so I didn’t have to stay in survival mode. That’s where Jubilee has made the biggest difference for me. I have a sanctuary, a family, sisters, and a community. I love … Read More

Maggie’s Story

I was homeless for a long time – about ten years. When I came to Jubilee, the most immediate change I experienced was routine. I’d spent so long on the streets that everything I did was based on opportunities right in front of me. Learning to follow a routine was important to me because it’s the first building block in … Read More

Melissa’s Story

When my husband passed away, the good parts of my life seemed to die too. I was on my own, so I threw myself completely into my work and became successful in my career. But I worked well beyond reasonable limits and practiced no healthy work boundaries. I was a master at burying my grief, but it was a survival … Read More

Julie Has Hope for Her Future

Before coming to Jubilee, Julie experienced a lifetime of mental and physical abuse, and for many years she struggled with physical health issues, mental health issues, and drug addiction. This led to multiple instances of going to rehab, relapsing, living in her car, and even some time in prison. Throughout this time, Julie tried multiple times to change her life. … Read More

Vonnie’s Story

I lived in Bellevue for the past 20 years and over that time worked for a couple of public accounting firms. There came a point when I wanted to try something new with less stress. I was offered a job at a toy store in a mall near my home. After about 6 months,…

Tara’s Story

I had planned to retire and was going to be done in February 2018. I’d downsized and moved into a small studio three years ago in preparation. Everything was moving toward that goal when a family member had an accident. I had to liquidate a significant amount of my savings to pay the medical…

Trisha’s Story

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 stalking, finally took its … Read More

Not Ready for Retirement: Cherryl

I don’t know where to start, so being me I will just take the direct express route. When I arrived at JWC I was a basket case. I spent the first few weeks curled up on my bed in the fetal position when I wasn’t staring blankly at the wall. I felt useless, old,…

Tessa’s Story

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…