Dinner at Jubilee!
This Thursday a group of WPIG members served dinner to residents at Jubilee Women’s Center in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The mission of Jubilee Women’s Center is to support women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. They house and support about twenty-seven women who are homeless. From the moment you walk in the door, you can feel that Jubilee provides much more than shelter. It is a supportive environment providing job training, education, affordable housing and supportive services.
While we prepared the meal, some of the residents began to gather in the kitchen area and it was wonderful to witness the friendship and camaraderie among them. We sat and ate with the women and they engaged us in conversations about healthcare reform, travel, career goals, and favorite meals. They were a lovely and dynamic group, and made us feel so welcome at their table.
After dinner we were given a tour of the facilities by the volunteer coordinator, Angie. Angie showed us the computer lab, fitness center, laundry room and living room. She also showed us the boutique, which provides free clothing to over 650 homeless and low-income women each year. The women can shop from this boutique for clothes that are donated from the community. WPIG members brought about twelve bags of clothes for the boutique as well!
Jubilee relies heavily on support from volunteers. Just while we were there we heard about volunteers running the boutique, tending to the gardens, providing group meditation and yoga classes, cooking meals, etc. Please see the Jubilee website to learn more about how you can get involved!