Emergency Services


Jewish Family Service offers basic emergency services to those with the most critical needs in the Jewish community, and, where possible, in the broader community. JFS caseworkers assist clients in assessing their situations and creating action plans that meet their immediate critical needs, with long-term stabilization as the goal.

Financial Assistance

Funds may be available to help pay for various emergencies such as transportation, medical needs, past due utility bills, avoiding eviction or school clothing. Screening is required.

Financial assistance is provided by appointment only. For more information please leave a detailed message on the Housing Hotline (206) 861-8796, or email us.

Please include the following with your voicemail and/or email:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • What your need is (please be specific).
  • Your current total household income.
  • If you have a three-day or 10- day notice of eviction or any other notice of eviction.
  • Your household size.
  • Any other need you have that you may need assistance with.
  • The dollar amount you are requesting assistance with and what it is for.

If JFS contacts you, please be prepared to submit detailed information that might be needed to assist you.  (Eor example: your lease, copy of eviction notice, etc.)

Please be aware that we receive many calls each week and will not be able to return all calls. You will only receive a call if we can assist you or if we need further clarification. 

Case Management and Employment Services

Looking for a job can be challenging. The process is often overwhelming and riddled with anxiety about how to start the search, where to look and doubt about one’s own abilities. JFS helps make this process more manageable by supporting you through it. Taking into account your strengths, goals and personal situation, we can guide you through identifying your skills and developing a job search strategy.

Services offered include:

  • One-on-one meetings.
  • Individualized plans.
  • Computer work stations.
  • Assistance with applications, resumes, cover letters and thank-you notes.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Workshops on topics such as career planning and interviewing skills.
  • Online search tools.
  • Budgeting.
  • Workplace retention strategies.

Case managers can also assist with basic needs for those who are struggling with keeping to a budget, employment search, housing retention, mental health support and referral, substance dependence support and referral, and any other self-sufficiency support needed.

JFS Food

The JFS Food Bank operates year-round and includes Seattle and Eastside locations, and a Home Delivery Program.

SNAP/Food Stamp Assistance

JFS can provide assistance to sign-up for food stamps.

Chanukah Tzedakah Program

We provide holiday gifts to vulnerable local Jewish families and individuals in our community.

Upcoming Events

Parent Support Group

December 13, 2018

Kosher Food Bank

January 2, 2019

Kosher Food Bank

January 2, 2019

NAMI Family Support Group

January 2, 2019

Exploring Dignity – Tu B’Shvat: Renewal & Rejuvenation

January 7, 2019