Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is stuck at half-way point

January 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 2, 2015

This holiday season, we introduced you to several Issaquah families that needed a little help.

You met Marty Wright, a disabled veteran who struggled to keep the heat on in his Issaquah home. You read Cynthia Jackson’s story about strife and loss, as the single mother was forced to pick up the pieces after losing everything.

New Issaquah resident Shannon Winkler told you how an illness kept her from working, making it difficult to support her family. And finally, you saw the strength exuding from domestic violence survivor Michelle Curtis’ words as she described the path she and her four children took to settle down in Issaquah.

Each of these stories included notes of pain and struggle, but thanks to the generosity of Issaquah Community Services, all of them had a happy ending.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is only about halfway to goal

December 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2014

With just two weeks left, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is almost halfway to its $100,000 goal.

That total is less that half of what will be needed to meet Issaquah Community Services’ client demands in 2015.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout; they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps new resident get on her feet

December 16, 2014

Shannon Winkler has called Issaquah home for only a few weeks, but already, she knows it’s a special place.

It’s a place filled with people and nonprofit organizations that take care of their own through good times and bad.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah offers hope

December 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2014

Issaquah Community Services comes into a family’s life when they need it most.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout, they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps residents at their lowest

December 3, 2014

The clients that come to Issaquah Community Services are often at one of the lowest points in their lives.

It’s the single mother struggling to find money for rent; it’s the family about to endure long nights without electricity or water; and it’s the job seeker that needs money for gas or bus fare just to make it to his or her interview.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is off to good start

November 25, 2014

The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.

Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps replace losses

November 18, 2014

Cynthia Jackson lost all of her belongings when a pipe burst in her Bellevue home, flooding her bathroom and forcing the single mom to pick up the pieces.

The strife didn’t end there, though. A mold problem made her family sick, so she had no choice but to uproot her life from Bellevue to Issaquah.

“We had to abandon ship and leave everything behind, and I ended up in an apartment in Issaquah with nothing,” she said.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah supports important need

November 11, 2014

By all outward appearances, Issaquah and its surroundings seem quite affluent.

Yet, there are still lines at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and a steady stream of aid requests coming into local organizations.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah kicks off with $100,000 goal

November 4, 2014

September 2014 represented a new beginning for Issaquah resident Michelle Curtis.

It’s when, after living in a domestic violence shelter for the past two years, the single mother of four moved into permanent housing.

That Talus apartment represented security, freedom and most of all stability, as Curtis worked tooth and nail to overcome abuse and the resulting health issues to make a home for her family.

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Issaquah’s oldest church has new location

September 16, 2014

The Community Church of Issaquah, the longest-established church in Issaquah, is moving to Gilman Boulevard.

The first worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, and a grand opening celebration (including a meal to follow) is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 19. The community is invited.

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