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The National Council of Jewish women is a volunteer-based organization, based on Jewish values, that takes a courageous stance on progressive issues effecting the lives of women, children and families. Through a program of community service, social justice, and community education, NCJW speaks out for child welfare, women's rights, reproductive freedom, and civil liberties.
The Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW-SEA) has been impacting the lives of women, children and families in the Puget Sound area since 1900. NCJW has established many projects which have become long standing social service programs and providers in our community:
- Neighborhood House - This important service provider was established in 1906 by NCJW-SEA, and was originally known as Settlement House. Created during the settlement movement of the early-1900s, members of NCJW met women and children at the Ports and helped them safely establish themselves in their new country. Settlement House offered all types of education classes: citizenship, English, sewing, and basic skills; and also housed the first public baths in Seattle. Settlement House went through many transitions, becoming The Education Center, and in 1957 transitioning to Neighborhood House, which become its own non-profit organization.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates - In 1977 NCJW-SEA worked with Judge David Soukup and a coalition of other organizations to establish the Gardium Ad Litem program, now known as CASA.
- Council House - In 1969 NCJW-SEA identified a need for low-income housing for seniors and people with disabilities. With this information, NCJW-SEA worked with HUD to establish and build Council House. Opened in 1972, Council House continues to provide low-income housing to seniors and people with disabilities on Capitol Hill.
- Furniture Bank for Survivors of Domestic Violence - One of less than six specialized furniture banks in the country, NCJW established this program in 2001. In the five years since its inception, the program has helped over 425 women and their children fleeing domestic violence establish new homes with furniture and household items.
- Public Policy - NCJW works in a variety of coalitions to advance progressive social justice issues.
The NCJW-SEA office is located on the Eastside at a confidential location due to our domestic violence program, with a mailing address in Seattle.
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