December 3, 2013
The people that turn to Issaquah Community Services for assistance are often in dire need.
These are families that could lose their home if the nonprofit didn’t step in with the next payment; these are people who would live without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t exist.
Just ask Maria, an Issaquah resident who recently received a helping hand from the organization that provides emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions. (Maria’s last name isn’t being used for her safety.)
“The people that are going to ICS, they really, really need help,” she said.
November 26, 2013
When popular Bellevue eatery Lil’ Jon restaurant went up in flames June 13, it was a heartbreaking blow for regulars that frequented the spot, known for its breakfasts.
It was even worse for Issaquah resident and Lil’ Jon server Marita Davidson, who temporarily lost her job, as the restaurant underwent a major rehabilitation.
“It’s been there so long and nothing tragic has ever happened there before, so we were all in shock and devastated by that,” she said. “It was hard to regroup after that with the loss of income.”
November 19, 2013
In 2008, former Issaquah resident Ellen Loney had arguably the worst month of her life.
In the span of just 30 days, Loney lost her job and her mother. She would have lost the roof over her head, too, if it weren’t for the generosity of a local nonprofit organization.
“It was a very bad month, a very bad time, and Issaquah Community Services saved the day,” Loney said in a phone interview from her new home in Lynnwood.
September 10, 2013
The Community Church of Issaquah, the city’s longest-established church, has been without a home since February.
After 45 years on Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Community Church of Issaquah sold the building to the Living Hope Bible Church.
While exploring locations for a permanent home, the congregation is temporarily worshiping at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, while maintaining an office at 85 N.W. Alder Place, in downtown Issaquah.
January 8, 2013
Though Merry Christmas Issaquah set a record for the number of donors, Issaquah Community Services did not meet the goal set for the 2012 fundraising drive.
January 1, 2013
Merry Christmas Issaquah is still more than $11,000 shy as the annual fundraising drive for the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services continues.
Donors can still give to Merry Christmas Issaquah to help Issaquah Community Services reach a $75,000 goal. So far, 199 donors have contributed $63,698 in much-needed funds.
The all-volunteer organization provided more than $88,000 in assistance to local families last year, in the form of rent and utility assistance, or emergency aid. The city provides office space and overhead, so 100 percent of donations go to people in need.
December 25, 2012
The all-volunteer organization Issaquah Community Services provided more than $88,000 in assistance to local families last year, in the form of rent and utility assistance, or emergency aid.
December 18, 2012
Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of the fragile economy to even more risk — financial trouble, utility shutdowns and, in extreme cases, homelessness.
December 11, 2012
Since the economy entered a nosedive in 2008, and throughout the fragile recovery since, volunteers at Issaquah Community Services keep hearing a familiar story.
The breadwinner for a household, laid off during the recession, needs help to make ends meet. The volunteers listen and, in many cases, offer assistance to pay the rent or to keep the electricity on.
Milicent Savage, Issaquah Community Services president, remembers the stories from two men recently at the organization’s office.
The men, both fathers and husbands, needed assistance to cover rent expenses for the month. Savage recalled how one man — a former Microsoft employee now working as a custodian — broke down.
December 11, 2012
Christmas revelers can create a joyful noise and benefit Issaquah Community Services as St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts Sing & Play Along Messiah! — a concert to aid people in need throughout the community.
Proceeds from the event go to Issaquah Community Services’ Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.
“The real intent behind ‘Messiah’ was and still is to benefit the needs of the local community,” said Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts and youth formation at the downtown Issaquah church.
George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 to illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. “Messiah” ranks among the best-known musical works from the Baroque period, and the piece is especially popular around Christmas