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November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

Jubilee is about the alignment of 100's of people who share a basic belief that our purpose is to improve lives and strengthen communities. The "gift" of engaging in the ministry of Jubilee Park is that one not only is changing the lives of the people in the 62 block community but the boomerang effect of life changing opportunities for all who give of their time and love. While there are differnces in individual approaches to this transformation; the goal of attacking poverty and injustice through education is a shared vision of all who support the vision that Jubilee Park is a community where people love to live.

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my daily life and that God is an enabler that the gift of time to improve the state of jubilee is to behave as our God expects of us being Christ like and to GO and deliver the message of grace to all neighbors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve on our communications skills to have others grasp the power of our methodology that has brought hope for a better life to all communities engaged in Jubilee and have people understand the true "gift" and delight of giving to the needy(giver and the receipent).

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

I toured Jubilee while working at another Non-Profit and I was amazed at how much they do for their community. While I was touring the community center and neighborhood, there were many community members that came in and out- all appreciative of Jubilee. This is an awesome resource for the community. One more thing that was great is all the staff members are nice!

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I saw the center before and after the new building were built. The facilities are nice and accomidating for all persons of the community. Every time I have been there, the doors are always open for all.

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If they don't already provide some sort of exercise class or center- that could be a nice addition.

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

I have volunteered with Jubilee for 11 years with the first seven years as Chairman or the Education Committee. One of the most rewarding accomplishments was to see OM Roberts Elementary School move from being the second lowest performing schhool to being exemplary for the last two years. I tutored the children there for five years and felt a pride for the whole school. Working with the administration of the school, being an advocate for the children and for the school itself, and being a friend to the teachers and children was most rewarding. I am now on the Jubilee Board of Directors, have helped witn the Dedication of our two buildings and am in the process of working to raise funds for the programing in those buildings. Jubilee is in the stage of growing-up. In our teen years we must expand our Board, raise funds in new areas, and keep-up with our expanding programing. Working with Juhilee has been a very special part of my life and an opportunity to "give back" to the Community. It has given me special friends and a deeper understanding of people, needs, and cultural differences. The more I heap into it's basket, the greater the gifts I find in mine.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Education - OM Roberts, a school with High Risk students being rated exemplory. Tutoring children who passed the TAKS Test; Raising Funds to build a Community Center and Resource Center

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add to the Board of Directors Raise Funds in new and different places

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

Jubilee is a dedicated volunteer organization that is transforming a 62 block lower-income area of Dallas by dealing with all aspects of poverty (education, crime, housing, mentoring, child-care, etc.). The volunteers and staff are all highly motivated and focused on providing long-term solutions to breaking the cycle of poverty in this neighborhood.

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I have worked in Jubilee to assist in providing affordable housing to qualified families. By providing well constructed, inexpensive shelter to families who otherwise could not afford it we are providing them with a path to create personal financial stability and financial net worth and to escape the cycle of poverty.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Institutionalize the fund raising function to provide more money to complete more programs and more paid staff to provide continuity.

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

I enjoy helping out with the kids after school . They are all such great childrren and I am looking forward to continuing to spending time with them.

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Helping with the young kids

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Add more buildings it's an awesome place

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

I learned about the Jubilee neighborhood through my church, St. Michael and All Angels a few years ago when my family volunteered a couple of weekends to help with small jobs to help the neighbors fix up their houses. My boys were very little, and I do not know how much we really helped. What we did do, however was become familiar with an area of town that we might not have been introduced to otherwise. Time marches on, and after those few weekends, we hadn't been back until recently when my now 4th grade son, helped host a Halloween Party for the families in the neighborhood. I was so moved by the positive growth in the neighborhood, that I immediately signed up to tutor and read at OM Roberts each week. I find myself counting the days until I can go back! Thank you to Carrie Clark, Director of Volunteers, for the detailed and enthusiastic tour that she gave me recently. She is a wonderful advocate for the neighborhood, and has a huge heart for the plight of this part of town. I think that her childhood in New Orleans and her exposure to the 9th Ward generated her calling to be a part of this community in such a positive way.

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growth of the neighborhood, the pride of the people, the interest in business organizations to donate their time and money to the Jubliee neighborhood.

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Get more people involved! They are doing a GREAT job!

November 27, 2010

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November 27, 2010

The Jubilee Park neigbhorhood is a neighborhood in change thanks to the work of Jubilee Park & Community Center. JPCC has been able to work directly with the Dallas Independent School District to increase test scores in the local school by helping children through one on one tutoring. JPCC has helped to reduce crime significantly by working hand and hand with the Dallas Police Department. JPCC has increased the green spaces and given the neighbors a safe place to play and gather. JPCC is focused on creating a strong community for all people living in the neighborhood.

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Each time I give, I always receive more. The need is great but the people of the neighborhood are wanting to change their environment. They are participating to make a change.

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I would continue to focus on increasing Jubilee resident participation. And, I would continue to expand the network of organizations that know about and support the sucess of the neighborhood.

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

Jubilee is a beacon of hope for the surrounding Fair Park community. With thousands of volunteers and dedicated Board and Staff members, this organization is able to touch people's lives in different areas - housing, education, public health, and public safety. Thank you to everyone at Jubilee for all that you do!

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how grateful and receptive community members are towards volunteers and paid staff.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the neighborhood's boundaries!

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

Jubilee Park and Community Center has been an integral part of our lives since its inception some 11 years ago. The bold undertaking to revitalize this 62 block area of South Dallas has been a huge success primarily due to the generosity of hundreds of donors to fund the operations and thousands of volunteer hours. These selfless acts have made a significant difference in the quality of living for the neighbors many of whom lived in abject squalor. My wife and I have assisted in building the original community center, recruiting task force chairs and workers, neighborhood clean up, cooking and serving holiday meals, tutoring in the grade school, playing Santa and providing gifts for children and providing leadership as Board member and president. The holistic approach taken by this initiative includes a primary focus on education for children, anti-crime cooperation with Dallas PD, healthcare education, community leadeship involvement, and housing. All parts are necessary for the ultimate creation of a self sustaining community. Much has been accomplished and much remains to be done. The real testimony to the success of Jubilee is to hear volunteers say that they are the benefactors of providing their time talent and treasure. Most are blessed and this provides an opportunity to return those blessings as gifts to those less fortunate. It is "loving thy neighbor" in action and seeing tangible results only ten minute from where most of us live in our secure neighborhoods.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The achievement of the OM Roberts Exemplary award

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strive for more community involvement

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I am a new volunteer at Jubilee. The Episcopal documentary on the neighborhood that was produced earlier this year was quite moving and inspirational (link here - http://episcopalchurch.org/multimedia/jubilee/). On a personal level, I was glad to see private charitable efforts partnering with public efforts in addressing these sorts of systemic problems -- neither can have as much success working alone, in my opinion. The staff and volunteers are dedicated and all have clearly been touched by their involvement with Jubilee. It can be easy to live in a cocoon - in Dallas or anywhere - but organizations like Jubilee are helping to break down barriers and engage communities in outreach, understanding and advancement. What a joy to be a part of!

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Feeling engaged with an organization doing more than just talking about doing good in the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase outreach opportunities/involvement for "younger" volunteers in their 30s and 40s.

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Tutor elementary students at O.M. Roberts Elementary

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