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Summer Retreat: “Turn to the Open Sea”

by Promise Welkin Partner

As the QuEST Fellows prepare to end their year in the program, they gathered at the Brown family property on Bainbridge Island for their closing retreat July 21-23. They were joined and supported by Promise, the Program Director; Paul and Joel, members of the QuEST Support Committee and of University Friends Meeting; […]

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Welcome Promise Partner, incoming QuEST Director

The QuEST Committee and University Friends Meeting are happy to announce that Promise Welkin Partner will be joining us as QuEST’s Director in May.  Promise comes to us from Oregon, where she has been active in the Eugene Friends Meeting. A Christian Quaker, she is part of the 2016 cohort of the Way of the Spirit: […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Promise Partner, incoming QuEST Director

QuEST Fellows Advocate for Affordable Housing

By Sara Hernon-Reeves and Hope Harvey

For those of us concerned by violations of human rights and by the lack of equality many people in this country face, the past few weeks have been excruciating. We have watched our government repeatedly show a lack of empathy towards immigrants, women, and the poor. On good days it […]

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Hope’s Story: Non-judgemental Acceptance at REACH

by Hope Harvey

My job at REACH, above all, is engaging with our clients-homeless men and women who have the added vulnerability of struggling with drug addiction. I am there to greet people, to inquire about their days, to […]

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2017 Application Now Available!

Are you interested in a life-changing year of service, refection and action? We are now accepting applications for our 2017-2018 QuEST cohort! Applications can be downloaded here: and more information is available at our for fellows page. Applications are due March 1st, although we may accept applications on a rolling basis after that. As […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 Application Now Available!

Fall Retreat and Reflection

by Gabriela Garcia Greco
Our fall retreat was absolutely beautiful, thanks especially to John and Lee Neff for lending us their amazing home. After a gorgeous ferry ride, we spent the weekend nestled in this cozy home, examining themes of discernment, future goals and fears, childbirth and parenting (who knew uteruses are bluish-purple?!). As we ate […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fall Retreat and Reflection

QuEST Fellows Lobby to End Mass Incarceration

By Lizzie Haworth and Lauren Mirzakhalili

Although prisons are often hidden from view, their effects are apparent to the 2016-2017 QuEST Fellows. Many of us serve at nonprofit placements heavily affected by mass incarceration or have had family or friends who are or have been incarcerated in the U.S. This personal experience made […]

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Kristina’s Story at the Housing Action Fund

I’ll never forget my first day at the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund. After a couple of hours worth of meet and greets and paperwork, I met with my supervisor who let me know that my first project would be organizing for a special election in the 30th legislative district. Being from Kansas, I, of […]

By |February 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kristina’s Story at the Housing Action Fund

Victor’s Story at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Being at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for a little less than a year has so far taught me about immigration law and the subject matter of domestic violence. Every day presents a new set of responsibilities for me. I work as the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Intake Coordinator at NWIRP, where I’m seen as […]

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Lizzie’s story–Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children is a long-term mentoring program for youth facing the toughest challenges and connects them with professional mentors who encourage and guide them to develop their greatest potential and achieve their goals. From kindergarten through high school graduation, no matter what. I have been working with Friends for two months now and […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lizzie’s story–Friends of the Children