I attended Jubilee for six years as a young child. I'm giving back to the community that helped me grow from a boy to a man. It has progress over the years and the newest building allows the program to expand.
I have volunteered at Jubilee on multiple occasions with my whole family. I am in awe of all that is being done to renovate the neighborhood--by church voolunteers, school volunteers, civic leaders and members of teh community. It is truly a communal project. And the rewards are visible.
I volunteered at Jubilee in the after school program. It was fantastic. The kids were sweet and thrived to learn. I helped them with their homework. Some read to me, and i really enjoyed it. They were very excited to show me the work theu had done. They also told me about the community garden; they enjoyed watching produce grow. Overall, I think Jubilee is doing a great job in helping the community. They have magnificent programs that help the individuals i the community succeed.
I can remember my first time at Jubilee - and there was no park, or anything remotely looking green and peaceful! But the people who lived at Jubilee were warm and welcoming of our efforts to partner with them. Since then, the park is a green oasis, with children playing basketball and pre-schoolers laughing in the playground. I love seeing families together at the events with children who have grown up as I have intermittently been involved with Jubilee. The "I Believe in Angles" Christmas project and reading to pre-schoolers at Davids Place have been my favorite activities with Jubilee. I am so proud of Jubilee Park residents - they are the ones who believed and made life better everyday there.
The Jubilee Park and Community Center is a project that was started by our church and has many community volunteers. We have undertaken the revitalization of a multi-block neighborhood which was formerly home to prostitutes and drug dealers. It is an ongoing neighborhood project with support services and enjoys the pride of the residents.
I have volunteered with several different projects at Jubilee as part of my church. the people that I have worked with there have all been very grateful for the help and willing to put in effort on their part to better their lives. The key to the community center is continued involvement in one area sos that changes will continue and not just happen and then have things go back to where they were.
I have volunteered down there several times, and the program is absolutely tremendous, creating a sense of "yes we can" in an environment that never would have perceived that.
I have been involved with Jubilee since the beginning in 1997, a surprisingly short time to have made such a profound difference in a community. My favorite story, and most of my involvement has been with seeing one of the lowest performing schools, rated "Unacceptable" in Dallas Independent School District, rise in a few short years to two consecutive years of "Exemplary" ranking. A strong principal of eight years, an excellent Educational Coordinator and committed faculty have been the critical pieces in this amazing turnaround. But Jubilee tutors -- 80 strong -- who visit the school every week can legitimately share in the success. With individualized encouragement and support, Roberts students have surprised even themselves with what they can accomplish!
Jubilee is an amazing organization that I am so blessed to be apart of. I am an Americorps Site Coordinator at Jubilee and I volunteer with the After School Program. I enjoy being with the children and seeing lives changed. Every day is not always easy but it is definitely rewarding to see each person striving to be the best person they can be. Jubilee is not only a building but a diverse and loving family.