Jubilee Women's Center
Jubilee Women’s Center supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Led by the guiding principle that all women are to be treated with respect and dignity, Jubilee’s programs and services help women make positive, permanent life changes.
Jubilee was founded in 1983 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, based on a vision of a safer and more dignified place for homeless women to heal and transition out of crisis. With its main site in the former convent of the Sisters of Holy Names a block away from St. Joseph Parish, Jubilee provides community housing and support services to women of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds who are ready to move beyond their circumstances.
In 2014, the Sisters of Providence gifted to Jubilee their transitional home and program, Sojourner Place, located in the University District. Welcoming their ministry was a natural extension of services for Jubilee and an opportunity to preserve a much-needed temporary housing option for very low-income women, including pregnant homeless women.
Today Jubilee provides nearly 60 women each year with safe and affordable community housing and support services at three residences, including guidance from a care manager, connections to other community resources, meals, and time to transition from homeless or domestic violence situations to independent living.
Jubilee is also a critical resource for more than 2,100 non-resident women each year, offering free job readiness and financial management classes, technology and life skills training, an open computer lab, community referral services, and a clothing boutique to any low-income woman in need.
Jubilee is extremely grateful for the hands-on support it receives from the community. Volunteers provide nearly 11,000 hours of service annually—and many are from St. Joseph! Not only are volunteers valued for their gift of time and service, but also as an integral part of the network of support for Jubilee’s residents who often feel disconnected from the community.
Volunteers of all kinds are needed at Jubilee. It’s easy to help, once or ongoing, individually or in a group. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Donate women’s consignment-quality clothing for our boutique.
- Cook a community meal for residents with your family, friends or co-workers.
- Staff the front desk, offering help and referrals to women in need.
- Donate high-needs items from our wish list.
- Host a “party with a purpose” or other event to benefit Jubilee.
- Organize a drive for toilet paper, bus tickets or grocery gift cards.
- Sort and organize clothing donations in our boutique.
- Keep our yard or garden looking good.
- Help with our periodic bulk mailings.
- Purchase gifts for residents at the holidays.