Jubilee Women’s Center’s main facility is a former convent for the Sisters of Holy Names in North Capitol Hill. The former convent, with a 50-year lease from the Archdiocese of Seattle, houses 27 residents at one time in addition to eight staff offices.
In 2008, Jubilee completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the 13,000 sq. ft. facility (which added seven rooms, bringing the total to 27) and made updates to meet current safety, fire and earthquake standards.
The facility promotes community living through shared living spaces including a living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, healing and vegetable gardens and small workout room. All residents have private bedrooms with vanities and participate in shared household responsibilities.
Jubilee’s main facility also includes a free on-site clothing boutique for residents, alumnae and other homeless and low-income women in Seattle to receive free consignment-quality clothing. Visit our photo tour for more views.
Jubilee also has transformed its original Learning and Technology Center (LTC) (previously open to only residents and alumnae). Thanks to generous funders, including the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, RealNetworks Foundation and an anonymous donor, the Education Center provides a safe and supportive learning environment with 22 computers and a flexible space that allows us to serve more women. Women can attend earn a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. In addition, the Education Center offers the Washington Occupational Information System, a powerful online tool that allows women to explore career options.
During the renovation of Jubilee’s main facility in 2007, three “Friends of Jubilee” purchased the home next door in order to house seven women. In May, 2008 Jubilee officially purchased the property from them to expand Jubilee’s capacity to serve homeless women by 26%. The home, referred to as “612” is a beautiful 1907 Prairie-style home adjacent to Jubilee’s main facility.