Jewish Family Service of Seattle assistance programs.

When funding is available, the Seattle branch of Jewish Family Service tries to help the less fortunate meet their needs in a crisis. The non-profit assists income qualified clients in assessing their situation. Based on the results of that, you will work with case managers on creating some form of action plan that meets immediate critical needs and provides for long term self-sufficiency.

Programs can help both those of Jewish faith as well as the larger King County community. Some of what may be available includes housing vouchers for paying rent, addiction recovery, assistance for seniors and the disabled, and referrals.

The homeless may receive vouchers for paying for short term lodging at a Seattle area shelter or housing unit. Funding is limited and a screening/application process is in place. There are a number of homeless shelters in Seattle.

Domestic Violence Programs and Alternatives to Addiction will offer confidential support to those escaping violence or struggling with overcoming addiction. For people experiencing intimidation, threats, abuse, economic control, domestic violence, or isolation, then support is available from JFS of Seattle.

Emergency Financial Assistance from Jewish Family Service of Seattle may be available to help pay for needs including past due utility bills, rent, medical bills, transportation, housing to avoid an eviction or school clothing. Intake is required and all cash assistance is offered in the context of planning and case management with a professional caseworker.




Food, including home delivery option, is available in Seattle and the eastern part of King County. The center operates as a client choice model, which means that individuals (or customers) can shop for only what they want from the pantry. They can choose from tuna, canned fruits, vegetables, soup and beans, dairy items, as well as fresh produce, eggs, and meats. The location will do its best to ensure groceries and the food is fresh and healthy, but there are no promises. Other local King County Washington sites to try for food, and that are partner organizations, include.

  • Beacon Avenue Food Bank, call (206) 722-5105
  • Solid Ground and their Food Services Division - Phone (206) 694-6756
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank - (206) 324-0050
  • Northwest Harvest - Telephone (206) 625-0755
  • Or dial 1-877-644-3663 for information on SNAP Food Stamps.





The JFS Chanukah Tzedakah Program provides holiday gifts to low income and vulnerable local Jewish families, senior and individuals in the community.

The Supported Living Program can bring a higher quality of life and hope to people with cognitive disabilities. People from the community are treated with respect, kindness and confidentiality. Some of the assistance for the disabled or their caregivers is as follows.

Employment and pre-vocational services is available through the Jewish Family Service of Seattle contract with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of DSHS. Specialists and case managers from SAJD offer access with work-related systems access, a Supported Living Program, and independent living skills training to individuals.

Case management services is offered from highly trained and professional case managers. Staff work to ensure a person with disabilities, and their immediate family members. They try to give them all of the resources which he or she needs to live in the greater King County community.

  • Home care that is non-medical in nature is a form of Supported Living Program from SAJD. There is a fully licensed, in-home care division of Jewish Family Service. Personal care, homemaker/chore services and leisure support all may be available.
  • Disabled clients may also receive just practical life skills training from their assigned case managers, support specialists, and job coaches. It can help clients in maintaining their home or apartments and allow them to remain independent.
  • Information and referrals - The non-profit JFS will ensure that eligible low-income individuals and adults with disabilities are made aware of and provided basic services. Assistance includes outreach, assessment of clients' needs, and counseling.




Seattle JFS Immigrant and Refugee Service Centers are staffed with highly trained and professional case managers/job developers. They address all newcomers and are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Farsi, Vietnamese, Somali, and Arabic. A number of assistance programs are available for immigrants, as noted below.

  • Employment programs - Assessment, counseling, job readiness, job placement and retention.
  • Referrals for older immigrants and those with a disability.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are offered throughout King County Washington.
  • Social Services - Staff from JFS assist and advice clients in applying for translation services for school, medical and legal needs. Also get support in dealing and applying for benefits from government agencies, child care for parents attending ESL classes, assistance with citizenship applications and support and referral services.
  • Financial aid - Immigrants can also learn about government benefits around housing, food, and more. Jewish Family Service helps newcomers to to region get acclimated. Find other immigrant assistance programs.

Senior, Aging and Adult Programs from Jewish Family Service of Seattle encourage older adults to engage in recreational and other meaningful activities. Programs will assist older adults challenged by disability, illness or declining health to live in comfort and dignity, and children can get support too.

  • Care Management is a form of respite for the care taker.
  • Free counseling is for aging-related issues such as bereavement, changes in health and ability levels, isolation, anxiety, lifestyle transitioning, and depression.
  • Geriatric Care Managers can help families arrange for any needed medical, nursing, or home care.
  • In HomeCare Cares are operated by a division of Seattle Jewish Family Service. The organization offers homemaker services and personal care.
  • Referrals, Information and Assistance is available in partnership with non-profit community organizations who provide a multitude of assistance programs and social services for aging adults. Get help in applying for public assistance, Medicare, and other benefits targeted at seniors.





Jewish Family Service of Seattle is located at a few different offices in King County. They are noted below.

-1601 16th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122. Call (206) 461-3240.
-Eastside Office Refugee and Immigrant Service Center, 15821 NE 8th Street, Suite 210, Bellevue, WA 98008-3957. Call (425) 643-2221.
-1209 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032-7439, Phone: (253) 850-4065


By Jon McNamara

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