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Jubilee Women's Center
620 18th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112
“To provide women a safe and supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn
while becoming self-reliant in housing and employment”
Led by the guiding principle that all women deserve respect and dignity, Jubilee is dedicated to providing extensive support services to help every woman make permanent life changes.
We believe in providing job training, education, affordable housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income women so they can break down barriers to achieve and maintain independence. Jubilee’s mission, vision and values exemplify how Jubilee is working to empower each women to become self-sufficient, no matter what her circumstances.
All of Jubilee’s policies and procedures reflect the values of respect and dignity. Jubilee supports women in transition regardless of race, culture, age, economic status, sexual orientation or spiritual belief.
Jubilee honors and supports all women making positive changes
Jubilee respects and values the intrinsic gifts and talents of each woman
Jubilee values safe space and safe relationships
Jubilee values a time to heal and a chance for self-growth
Jubilee values and honors each resident’s voice
Jubilee values fiscal responsibility and organizational stability
Jubilee values the work and contribution of staff, volunteers, residents and donors
Jubilee was founded in 1983 by three women of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP); Ann Wetherilt, Joan Leonard and Margaret O’Neill. While working in downtown Seattle shelters, they realized homeless women needed more time and a safer environment to heal from their situation. The Sisters leased a former convent of the Sisters of Holy Names on North Capitol Hill to establish a center for up to 20 women, giving them shelter, services, peace of mind and an opportunity to get their lives back in order. They named the center in honor of the 100th Jubilee anniversary of the order of CSJPs that same year.
In 1991, Jubilee became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a community-based Board of Directors. As a way of honoring its heritage, Jubilee reserved a permanent position on the Board for a CSJP Sister. Jubilee is an organization founded on equality and openness, accepting women of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds.
Jubilee’s operations are funded through the donations of generous individuals, faith and civic communities and foundation grants. Every Jubilee resident pays 30% of her monthly income in rent, which is applied towards the annual operations budget.
In 2008, Jubilee completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the facility, adding seven additional beds to the former convent and making updates to meet current safety, fire and earthquake standards.
Also in 2008, Jubilee purchased the adjacent property to serve an additional seven residents; increasing its capacity by 26%. The facilities provide a safe, beautiful and dignified home for residents to heal and make lasting life changes.
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