Through the generosity of our donors, in 2019 ICS helped 1,231 individuals, avoiding 290 evictions and 124 utility shutoffs. It is how we live up to our goal of keeping families of the Issaquah School District warm and housed. There are still many people struggling and the cold weather is about to start.
The Merry Christmas Fund for 2020 has not yet reached its goal. We are $15,000 shy and the number of donors is down by 25%. Please help us provide emergency financial aid for the often hard-working needy in our community by encouraging friends, families, and neighbors to help out.
Thank you from the Issaquah Community Services Volunteers!
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps families with emergency aid to prevent homelessness with rent assistance. It may help pay utility bills, bus tickets and other miscellaneous expenses. Payment is given on behalf of the client; cash is never given. Residents of the Issaquah School District are eligible. Volunteers listen to stories of clients and look for ways to help, sometimes with finances, or referrals, or a warm smile.
In April 2018, Kristen* came with her high school daughter to ICS office. They had come from an abusive situation in an east coast state. Our volunteer inquired, what brought you such a far way west? She said her sister invited them because she had a affordable 3 bedroom apartment in Seattle, Yesler area. Shortly after they arrived, her sister’s building was the scheduled for renovation. To replace her own lodging her sister could barely afford a single bedroom, so there was no room for Kristen and her daughter. After sometime in a shelter Kristen, who has a full time night job, was able to get into local housing. Working to get enough funds she was short the damage deposit.Thanks to our generous donors we were able to help them get into a home of their own, finally.
*name changed for privacy.
Make a difference!
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) is a 100% volunteer organization. It takes about 25 dedicated volunteers to train to meet with clients, to listen with a kind heart and to assist with finances when possible. You, too, can help – either with a tax deductible donation or as a volunteer.