I have worked with the Jubilee Project since the very beginning as a volunteer. Assisting the neighbors of the community in rebuilding this neighborhood has provided an opportunity for me to appreciate how people living in difficult circumstances can teach the rest of us the value of cooperating with one another to improve conditions for all. There is a common thread that I have observed and that is when two communities interact over a long period of time they both are changed for the better. This experience has become an enormous part of my life, and I foresee continued commitment to helping whenever I can for as long as I can.
As a member of the Communications Committee of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, I have a special interest in and passion for the work in progress known as Jubilee Park & C ommunity Center. Incredible vision and dedication has brought this project to the day of the dedication of the Walt Humann and T. Boone Pickens Community Center. This Center is the heart of the Jubilee neighborhood, transformed by volunteers, priests and clergy, the police department - untold numbers of individuals who felt strongly the possibility for success.
I have lived in Jubilee Park for 13 years and all of my children was helped by the after school program. Our last child is now about to graduated from high school ad I owe a great thank you to Jubilee for be4ing available for my children. I volunteer with the neighborhood association and Jubilee also helps with the safty in the community. They host children in the evening as well as feed them. The families are so grateful for the assistance that is available for them. They have helped families with paying their rent and given them gift cards to buy food for their families. Thank you, Jubilee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!