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Jubilee Park & Community Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of Jubilee is to be a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment to the surrounding South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood, with special emphasis on comprehensive, community revitalization and the education of children and adults.

Target demographics: 62-block neighborhood in South Dallas. 68% Hispanic 30% African-American 2% Other

Geographic areas served: 62-block neighborhood near Fair Park in Dallas

Programs: ESL Classes Computer Classes Exercise Classes After-School and Summer Programs for Children Teen Program Weekly Produce Stand Active Neighborhood Association

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jubilee is living proof that miracles can happen when a church community’s support is welcomed by a neighborhood that embraces positive change for its residence, young and old.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As Community Engagement Coordinator for One Man’s Treasure and its current Executive Director, I have been privileged to work in partnership with the Jubilee Park Community Center board and staff on a special project to assist formerly incarcerated men in the Jubilee Park/Fair Park area who are searching for employment by providing them with clothing appropriate for interviewing. From the initial stages of the program to the present, I have found everyone involved with the Jubilee Center to be helpful and enthusiastic in their support of the mission of our program. Whenever I am at the Center, I find that same enthusiasm and dedication in all of the services to the Jubilee Park community, especially with the educational programs for children and adults and its outreach to the area senior citizens. The spirit of a visitor to the Center cannot help but be lifted when witnessing the work of St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the volunteers, and Community Center staff in Jubilee Park. It is a place of joy and hope.

Board Member

Rating: 4

My experience with the Jubilee Center has shown me that I can be an educator towards the young children that will soon be the future of accountants, construction workers, teachers, etc. Jubilee has provided the exercise for me mentally to focus on constructive teaching and behavior modifacation towards children. The Jubilee Center is a tree that branches off and helps families and the community and many different ways. For example, school supplies for children, after school well placed meals to keep their young minds and bodies energized after a long day of school. The Jubilee Center also helps the community out economically with utilities. This also includes the childrens families that attend the Center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being at Jubilee has been a rewarding experience. I thank Jubilee for changing my mind in wanting to now become a teacher all due to working in the summer and after school program they provided. Being at Jubilee and getting to know the families in the five years I have been here has been life changing. Many of the families have opened their home to me which they had not done to other staff members here. It is great to see that there is a place like Jubilee where people can just walk in through the door and feel like at home. Jubilee is more than just a community center it's a home where we all come together and become a family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My professional background is in nonprofit-management, but I have chosen to volunteer my time at Jubilee because I heartily believe in Jubilee. It calls to me because it embodies so much heart and soul, but at the very same time it is very strategic in its multi-dimensional approach to changing lives in an impoverished neighborhood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am glad Jubilee is in the neighborhood giving great insight and perspectives. The work that is being done with the children is very needed in this community, and it is a great educational base for children to start learning about history, science, etc. I enjoy the staff - it is an excellent group! Everyone is the best! I want to stay in Jubilee and stay with the organization, because Jubilee is going to grow, and I want to grow with Jubilee! Jubilee is going to go places, and I wish to stay involved!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit Jubilee with a group of theology students in October of this year. It is an impressive facility, professional kitchen and serving area, classrooms for pre-school and K-12 students. Separate facility for older students to meet and hang out. The grounds were spacious and well maintained. The community garden was another indication how Jubilee is reaching out to the community in positive ways. They have a great relationship with the local police who also share part of their office space in a facility separate from the kitchen and classrooms. Jubilee has a friendly, forward looking and knowledgeable staff. Overall, our visit was a great positive experience. .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Housing Inspector with the City of Dallas, and an active member of the community that I have attended Church Services in for 18 years. I am also a serving member of the Executive Committee of the United Peoples Neighborhood Association in Jubilee Park. I have seen the lowest of the lows as far as Crime, Neighborhood decline, and lack of interest among residents in the (now) Jubilee Park Community. The lack of interest in improving their conditions and a general sense of 'Everyone has lied to us before, and we trust no one. However, I am highly elated and blown away by the 'before' and 'after' insertion of the Jubilee Park & Community Center. I have worked very closely with the JP&CC from the onset and the initial Revitalization Plan, well before the mention of the Cowboy Stadium coming to the Fair Park Area. I cannot say enough about the care, dedication, overwhelming support, and grassroots LOVE that has been and still is a part of the entire Staff of the Jubilee Park and Community Center. In such a diverse and challenging neighborhood (a desert), life has sprung eternal. As a member of the community, I have experienced nothing less than FULL, and UNWAVERING SUPPORT, that has been given to each resident and their needs. We are proud to have become a Model Neighborhood in Crime Watch (more cameras monitored by DPD than other Communities), Neighbor Participation, Neighborhood Cleanliness, NEW NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER, NEW COMMUNITY CENTER, breaking ground for a SENIOR HOUSING COMPLEX in January, Head Start Center with plans for an addition Center, Green Spaces for residents, a BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED PARK for residents, and the list can go on and on. In a community of such vast needs, diverse ethnic backgrounds, where economic depravity, where senior citizen needs and desires were being pushed aside; the JPCC has met each head on and succeeded. I can only ask that you come and visit our Model Community, and you will be as enthusiastic as I am...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.