Only one week left for Merry Christmas fund

December 31, 2013

After a week in which a flurry of donations came in to support Issaquah Community Services, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is less than $2,000 away from its $75,000 goal.

Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

Volunteers at the nonprofit organization see families at their most dire hour of need. These are people that could lose their home or go without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t step in with the next payment.

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Merry Christmas fund way below goal

December 24, 2013

Untitled 2.crtrThe volunteers at Issaquah Community Services often see families at their lowest point.

They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.

As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.

“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.

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Every penny counts for Merry Christmas Issaquah fund

December 17, 2013

New Issaquah resident Michelle Whitehead’s entire life was tucked away in a Milton storage unit.

It’s where the single mom of two children kept her assets after she lost her job and her Pierce County residence.

“I had my personal belongings there and furniture. The entire house was in there,” she said.

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Editorial

December 17, 2013

Christmas fund keeps giving all year long

Not all Christmas wish lists are created equal.

A single mom just wants to be sure we don’t have another cold spell this winter or the electric bill won’t get paid. An elderly man living on Social Security could sure use a new pair of reading glasses. A young couple with new jobs is doing well with loan payments — but now the car needs repairs to get them to their jobs. One of four kids in a family has medical problems that have overwhelmed the family budget and an eviction notice is in the mail.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah brings holiday warmth

December 10, 2013

As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.

Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.

“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”

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Merry Christmas fund helps Issaquah families at the brink

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.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah assists families in need

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.”

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Merry Christmas fund sets goal at $75,000

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.

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Community Church finds temporary home

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.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah sets donor record, but falls short of goal

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.

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