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November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

Jubilee Park & Community Center has improved lives and strengthened community since 1997 in a low-income area near Fair Park in Dallas. The area was plagued by crime, housing issues, hunger, lack of educational resources and poor health when the project was begun. Now the crime rate has been reduced by 25% for two straight years. The local elementary school is now ranked Exemplary. Jubilee provides a produce stand to bring fresh produce into the neighborhood, along with a garden to teach children about proper nutrition. There are 7 exercise classes for women of the neighborhood to improve health. Jubilee provides hot meals for all children in the After-School program, some of whom do not get another meal at home. Jubilee has also improved job skills with ESL and computer classes. For 13 years, the wonderful volunteers and staff at Jubilee have improved the futures of the residents of the neighborhood.

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the transformation of the volunteers as they transform the neighborhood.

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provide more opportunities for jobs in the neighborhood.

November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010

As a consultant, I have worked with the Jubilee board and its various committees over the past 4 years and I am always amazed at the progress being made in this little neighborhood. From new construction to the reduction in crime rates, this area has become an example for other neighborhoods in Dallas to follow. Jubilee is proof that change is possible and can be achieved through perserverance, diligence and community involvement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the many community meetings that have been held over the years. The JPCCC Board and staff has been nothing less than attentive to the community's needs. The feedback provided by the community's residents has been overwhelming. I know the community will continue to be actively involved in every step of every project and program Jubilee undertakes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would encourage them to create a model that could be duplicated in other areas of Dallas.

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

I have been a volunteer in many capacities from the very beginning. to me what is the most important achievement of Jubilee is that the community has taken our dream to a higher level. I have witnessed parents, who would not even consider a PTA, to become advocates not just for the school, but for the entire neighborhood. When the last DISD bond issue was not handle well at O. M. Roberts, these parents demanded monthly meeting with the District superintendent. They spoke for themselves and got action. This was not happening before Jubilee.

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I helped clean up the original parcels of land, worked on the two original structures trimming out window and doors, and involved in the 2010 Jubilee dedication of new facilities.

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I would help more.

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

As a volunteer, I have helped with the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner, the neighborhood clean-up day, the Steering Committee, the Angel Tree Christmas program, and writing for numerous publications about this amazing neighborhood revitalization program. To see the neighborhood elementary school go from the worst performing in Dallas to be rated Exemplary is a testament to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. When others had relegated the neighborhood children as doomed to be low-performers, the Jubilee volunteers proved them wrong! Big Time.Jubilee was started by the efforts of an outstanding church, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal, and now the army of volunteers reaches over the entire city. Senior citizens can watch the children play in the beautiful and safe park. Housing is so improved. Nutrition and health issues are big priorities. When we share communion with residents and volunteers (in English and Spanish), the bond of friendship and humanity is bridged so beautifully.

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Seeing the change in O.M. Roberts Elementary School---which went from the lowest performing to Exemplary. Also, the safety that has been added to this area. In an area where so many people have never graduated from high school, now children are even attending college.

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Just expand the borders of the neighborhood! It is the pinnacle of neighborhood revitalization because it values the people who are there and helps them improve their piece of the universe. It is truly a model for neighborhood revitalization for the whole country.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

I joined Jubilee three years ago as chair of the Public Health Task Force. Residents of Jubilee face a myriad of health issues from infant to senior, we see diabetes, hypertension, plumonary disease, & obesity as example. Jubilee is surrounded by a "food desert" with no neighborhood grocery store & limited transportation. With 1000 healthy calories costing $17.00 & !000 unhealthy calories available for $1.75 it is understandable that with financial constraints that dietary input is affected. With the creation of the Children's Community Garden we are able to provide healthy & accessable alternatives in the residents diets. Additionally, the Kids Cafe provides dinner for children who often would have no other meal in the evening. Jubilee is that oasis to the neighborhood where fellowship is ongoing, dreams are realized, & smiles abound.

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I came to Jublilee thinking I had so much to offer to the residents & what I quickly realized is that I take away far more than I will ever be able to give back. My family & I celebrate the joy of Jubilee everyday & give thanks we are a small part of this life-transformating experience that is Jubilee.

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Jubilee is constantly evolving & hopefully always for the better. We learn from our mistakes & celebrate our successes. I do believe we could do a little less analyzing & take a few more leaps of faith. If planning takes longer than the program timeline in discussion the point is being missed.

November 11, 2010

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November 11, 2010

The community enjoys coming to Jubilee because of the great ESL and Computer classes that we provide. People also like the fact that we fix any computer problems they encounter with their home computers. We also go to their homes and help them set up their internet connection. Since we opened our new building, attendance has been twice as much in both ESL and Computer classes.

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ESL and Computer classes

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

Provide Evening ESL and Computer classes.

November 11, 2010

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November 11, 2010

I had the privilege of serving on the team responsible for construction of the new Jubilee Park Community facilities. Through my involvement, I was able to witness first hand, the impact that Jubilee has on the community it serves. The care and consideration that was put into each decision was an awesome thing to experience. The level of commitment and dedication that the Jubilee program has for the Community is an inspiring thing to see. Jubilee is a great example of what a few with giving hearts who commit to making an impact can do for an entire community.

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With the construction of the new facilities, Jubilee will be able to reach more people in the community.

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I would increase their branding with the intent of broadening their impact.

November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010

I volunteer in the Jubilee neighborhood every week. I enjoy working with the Jubilee staff. Jubilee's vision is education through the life cycle. I see this happening every week. Whether it's the elementary students after school program, lunches for senior citizens, or adult computer classes, Jubilee is committed to changing lives. This is very encouraging!

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volunteering

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

increase the size of the organization so that greater impact can be made in southeast Dallas.

November 9, 2010

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November 9, 2010

My son needed a non-profit to research for a school project. He selected the Jubilee Center. We spent a day down there, exploring the facilities and meeting some of the children in the after school program. The teachers and staff there were so gracious and the children were obviously pleased with their program. The new building had not yet opened, and the children were just beginning their seedlings for their upcoming vegetable garden. They spoke with pride about the changes coming at "their" center. I was touched at how much ownership these youngsters had in this organization...with a foundation like this, how can these kids NOT succeed?! What a blessing for these students and their families!

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

provide more staff and funding to expand their after school program. It is a blessing for those kids!

November 4, 2010

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November 4, 2010

I have been on staff at Jubilee for the past 6 months, and I cannot describe how blessed I am to work with this organization. Each day I witness people of different races, socio-economic backgrounds, and religions work alongside each other...even if we do not all speak the same language. The community outreach of this organization is phenomenal! I've never seen anything like it! It is amazing to see what great work can be done with groups of volunteers, donors, and community partners!

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Each year, more and more volunteers are getting involved. Most volunteers enjoy working one-on-one with children in Jubilee's programs, at Davids' Place Head Start, or OM Roberts Elementary. There are also many volunteers who serve in different capacities such as housing, anti-crime, and public health.

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If I could make any changes to this organization, I would like to see this program modeled in other parts of Dallas and throughout the country. I'd also like to be able to reach a larger group of people!

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