Jean Kim Foundation 

The Jean Kim Foundation was created out of generous gifts given to Reverend Dr. Jean Kim for her 80th birthday in 2015. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on breaking the chains of poverty through education.

We are a support network for the homeless and under-resourced that offers:

     *Success planning for now and the future

    * Advising for choosing school, program, and/or vocational training

     *Assistance filling out financial aid and scholarship forms

     *Navigation of enrollment process and campuses

     *Literacy help and tutoring

     *Various forms of advocacy for our students

     *Minor financial help for supplies and services (as funds are available)

     *Temporary encampment for qualified students

     *Support for felons and others that are justice involved

     *Referral services for housing, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, employment, etc


Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and Jean Kim during the ribbon cutting celebration for Shepherd's Village on 11/18/18  

Photo Courtesy of Lynnwood Today 

Reverend Dr. Jean Kim was born in North Korea in 1935. At age 11, she and her family took refuge in South Korea. She immigrated to the United States in 1970. She earned a Masters of Social Work from St. Louis University in 1977 and a Doctorate in Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2006. She is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served the denomination for more than a decade as an advocate for the homeless. She is a licensed social worker and mental health counselor. Along with a variety of professional positions in mental health and social work, Jean has founded several humanitarian organizations, written more than a dozen books, and received 24 community service awards. She has been tirelessly serving and advocating for the homeless for more than 50 years. Jean retired in 2018 due to chronic health problems. She currently serves as our President Emeritus and remains active as her health allows her to be. For more about Jean Kim, please visit her personal webpage 


Jason Dunbar joined our team in May of 2018 as our Services Coordinator. As our only employee, he has many areas of responsibility including: leading our outreach team, supporting and tracking our current and potential students, managing Shepherd’s village, JKF marketing and social media, coordinating volunteers,  developing partnerships, advocating for the homeless and so on. He joins our team with a vast background of experience that includes nearly 20 years in church ministry as well as stints with the Boeing Company and Everett Community College. He is a veteran of the United States Army and the Washington State National Guard. He has been a lead volunteer for Shower to the People since 2014. His role there includes coordinating volunteers, developing partnerships, cultivating donations, and ministering to homeless people one on one.

Jason with and a student celebrating her receiving her Associates Degree from Edmonds Community College

Jason serving on a panel during a forum regarding homelessness  

Photo Courtesy of

My Edmonds News 

Mr. Jules Butler, Esq.  - JKF Board President

BAs in History and Political Science UCLA, JD Seattle University,  Law practice in Lynnwood, WA, Serves on Good Shepherd Baptist Church Deacon’s Board

Ms. Joan Jolly -  JKF Board Secretary

BA in history,  Pastoral Care Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Member of Board of Directors of Neighbors in Need

Ms. Christine Frizzell - JKF Board Treasurer

BS in Accounting,  Owner of Eagle Accounting,  Registered IRS Tax Preparer, Lynnwood City Council Vice President, South County Fire Commissioner, Member of Board of Directors of Neighbors in Need

(President, Secretary and Treasurer form the Executive Committee of JKF).

Mr. Ted Haase -  JKF Board Member

BA in Psychology, M. ED,  MA in Theology/Religion, Student Financial Services staff member at Seattle Pacific University,  Former Director of Financial Aid at Shoreline Community College and Edmonds Community College.

Ms. Shirley Sutton -  JKF Board Member

BA in Law & Justice, M. ED,  Lynnwood City Council Member