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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 15, 2014
The Issaquah Women’s Club gathered June 5 to distribute over $5,000 in donations to local organizations.
The recipients were the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Echo Glen to support its canine program, Life Enrichment Options, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, Issaquah Community Services and Eastside Baby Corner.
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.
December 24, 2013
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.
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.