Category: Staff Update

Jubilee Welcomes New Director of Program Services

Gia Richmond Brings Wealth of Experience to Jubilee Please join us in welcoming Jubilee’s new Director of Program Services, Gia Richmond. In this role, Gia will oversee Jubilee’s work to help people live independently with our support. Gia is dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential, and she is deeply committed to advocating for human rights… Read More »

Staff Embraces Education to Best Support People with Disabilities

Jubilee Celebrates Newest Graduates of DSP II Training Program Congratulations to the 14 new Jubilee staff graduates of the rigorous DSP II education program! This program teaches advanced problem solving and skills to help direct support professionals best support people with disabilities. The Maryland Direct Support Professional Training Consortium, which Jubilee helped found, created the DSP II training program as… Read More »

Welcome Jubilee’s First Chief of Staff 

Familiar Face in a New Role  As Jubilee continues to grow to serve more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we’re excited to share with you that Mary Renderos will be Jubilee’s first chief of staff. In this role, Mary will work closely with Steve Keener on focus areas of government relations, organizational policy, and executive communications to staff and… Read More »

Celebrating 2023 Employee Award Winners

2023 Event Sparkled with Joy What a thrill being with our colleagues for the 2023 Employee Award Celebration! For the first time since 2019, we gathered in-person for the awards ceremony and celebration of staff who give their all to ensure that the people we support live their best lives. “We are here today to celebrate the people who help… Read More »

Employee Award Nominations Close August 18

We’re thankful to recognize our dedicated staff at our annual Employee Awards Celebration this Fall. You can nominate staff for the award using this form by Friday, August 18. Staff members, volunteers, and community members who made a difference in the lives of the people we support in the past year are all eligible for awards. The fine print: Nominees… Read More »

Thank You Jubilee Board Members

Jubilee Welcomes New Board Members and Thanks Departing Members Jubilee’s Board of Directors play an important role in guiding the organization. “Our all-volunteer Board of Directors bring a wealth of knowledge and varied points of view to Jubilee,” said Executive Director Steve Keener. “The Board’s counsel and support are an invaluable resource for Jubilee.” “It is with profound gratitude that… Read More »

Jubilee Staff Win Statewide Award

Congratulations to Jubilee direct support professionals James Kivembele and Olalekan (Sho) Shobowale who were both nominated for the DSP Exceptional Performance Award. James won this prestigious award from the Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) at their annual conference in May. “Jubilee support staff go above and beyond for the people they support regularly, and we’re delighted that two of… Read More »

Support Staff Graduate from Advanced Training Program

10th Class of Graduates Celebrated by Jubilee Congratulations to Jubilee’s 10th class of graduates from our advanced training program for direct support professionals! This program, called DSP II, provides advanced training to direct support professionals (DSP) to better support adults with disabilities to live independently. Jubilee now boasts 67 graduates of this intensive training program. “You worked hard over this… Read More »

Jubilee Award Winners

Annual Ceremony Recognizes Staff, Volunteers and Community Members It takes a village to create the warm and caring community that Jubilee is known for. It was a true pleasure to recognize Jubilee’s village at our annual Employee Awards Ceremony and Party. Direct support professionals, members of our management team, and volunteers and community members all received awards for their contributions… Read More »

Program Services Team Expands

Helps People Achieve Life Goals  As Jubilee grows, providing the highest quality residential support services remains the heart of our work. Jubilee’s direct support professionals are trained and empowered to help the people they support achieve their life goals with direction from our program services leadership team.  Jubilee’s program services management team is growing to 18 dedicated directors and managers… Read More »

Celebrate DSP Recognition Week

Every day is a good day to thank the direct support professionals in your life, but especially so during DSP Recognition Week, this September 11 -17. Thank you, thank you to Jubilee’s caring and professional support staff. You make a difference every day! “To each Jubilee DSP: Thank you for bringing your empathy, creativity, and love. Your support makes so… Read More »

Nominate Your Favorite Staff for Award by Sept. 8

We hear often from Jubilee staff that knowing they make a difference in the lives of the people we support is personally rewarding. Now, it’s our turn to reward our wonderful staff! Our annual Employee Recognition Awards recognize staff who help the people we support live fulfilling and rewarding lives. Nominations are now open for our Employee Recognition Award. The… Read More »

Introducing Jubilee’s Shining Star

Introducing Jubilee’s new employee recognition program, Jubilee’s Shining Star! This award highlights staff who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the people we support. The monthly winner will be chosen randomly from staff who have been nominated by their peers. To kick off the program, we’re sharing with you our first two Shining Stars.… Read More »

Welcome New Director of Communications and Development

Welcome Jubilee’s new Director of Communications and Development, Bethany Keener. Bethany is already a champion of Jubilee and its mission, and now we will also benefit from her decades of experience as a nonprofit communication and development executive. Most recently, Bethany served as Executive Director for the Spirit Club Foundation, where she worked closely with the Jubilee community. Prior to… Read More »

Congratulations DSP II Training Program Graduates

Congratulations to the 13 newest graduates of the DSP II training program! This 5-month training program gives our direct support professionals (DSPs) increased skills and confidence in their work, which directly benefits the people we support. The program is offered through the Maryland Direct Support Professional Training Consortium, of which Jubilee is a founding member. This is our 9th graduating… Read More »

Thank you Board Members

Thank you to our Board Members who volunteer their time and energy to Jubilee. This June, our Board welcomed two new members, and said good-bye to Val Schrock. Thank you, Val! “We’re thrilled to welcome Michael Hoffman, from our sister agency Makom, and Maia Gauvin, Assistant Vice President-Banking Center Manager at WesBanco Bank to the Jubilee Board. Michael’s perspective as… Read More »

CQL Certification Awarded to Jubilee Staff

Congratulations to the following members of Jubilee’s management team on achieving Interviewer Certification for Personal Outcome Measures from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)! This certification was awarded after much hard work, including intensive training supported by a grant from Phillips Charitable Foundation Mary Renderos, Admissions Manager Dominique Clark, Person-Centered Planning Manager Bolaji Adefolaju, Person-Centered Planning Specialist This is… Read More »

One Job Pilot Benefits All

Your Support Makes Program Possible Jubilee’s 250 direct support professionals (DSPs) bring our mission to life though their hands-on support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To recruit and retain a talented and dedicated workforce in this challenging labor market our staff need to know that they are as valued as the people Jubilee supports. We are now taking… Read More »

Next Step in Jubilee’s Racial Justice Work

Justice is baked into Jubilee’s mission as we work to support adults with disabilities lead full lives. Actively doing justice – both for the people we support and hardworking staff – is one of the core areas of our new strategic plan. Jubilee is focusing its justice work on supporting more adults with disabilities from underserved communities, and integrating anti-racist… Read More »

Growth at Jubilee Benefits Adults with Disabilities

New Roles for New Goals By Steve Keener, Executive Director You may have noticed some new faces around Jubilee.  What’s going on?  We’re adding more staff to better serve our community. Our hiring supports Jubilee’s new strategic plan to grow our work in the areas of helping the people we support achieve their life goals, housing support, and community engagement.… Read More »

A Fond Farewell to Carolyn Durojaiye

After 25 years, Carolyn Durojaiye is retiring from Jubilee. While we say good-bye to Carolyn as a Jubilee employee, she will always be part of our history and our community. Carolyn dedicated her life’s work to people with disabilities. Carolyn leaves behind a legacy as a leader, advocate, valued employee and a friend to countless members of our community. Just… Read More »

Support Staff Gain Advanced Training

Congratulations to our DSP II advanced training graduates! Applications open for our next session. As a founding member of the Maryland Direct Support Professional Training Consortium, Jubilee offers advanced training and certification for our direct support professionals. We work to create an educated and empathetic workforce that provide high-quality support to people who rely on Jubilee. Our 7th class just… Read More »

Welcome New COO

Oscar Harrell Joins Jubilee While we’ve kept both hands firmly on the wheel as we navigate this challenging time, we’ve also kept an eye on the long-term health of Jubilee. We’re planning, growing and positioning Jubilee for the future. One where we help more adults with disabilities live their best lives.                                              With that in mind, we’re thrilled to introduce you… Read More »

Jubilee Welcomes New Community Navigator

Welcome Lisa Lorraine to Jubilee! Lisa will serve in a newly created position of Community Navigator. Lisa will connect with underserved communities in Montgomery County to discover what obstacles they encounter in receiving supports from disability service providers. She will help Jubilee think of new ways to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all socioeconomic and racial… Read More »