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RSVP for Fall Fun Festival

RSVP on the Events page of the Jubilee website to Join Your Friends Our Fall Festival features festive and spooky fun for our community. This three-day festival will take place Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22. Details and required registration are listed for each event on our events calendar. For questions, help or if you need financial assistance to… Read More »

COVID Booster and Flu Vaccine Clinic

Sign-Up for Vaccination on October 17 and October 25 We’re partnering with KayCee Pharmacy to provide the new COVID bivalent booster and seasonal flu vaccine at our very own clinic. Thank you KayCee for your ongoing partnership! “Staying up-to-date on the COVID booster and flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from disease this winter,” said Executive Director… 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 »

Become a Jubilee Ambassador

Make a Difference in Just 30 Minutes! Can you host a Jubilee tour for your friends and family? Only 30 minutes long, tours can be in-person or virtual. Help us spread the word about Jubilee! “I met Elaine Carney, who Jubilee supports, at mass one Sunday and we became good friends. When Jubilee began their new Living Our Best Lives… Read More »

Expanding Person-Centered Planning

Making Dreams Come True “How do you want to spend your day?” Dominique Clark asks people Jubilee supports when she meets with them. “Where do you want to live?” And “do you need help learning new skills?” Dominique leads Jubilee’s work to help the people we support set life goals for the year ahead. Our new person-centered planning process takes… Read More »

DSP Staff Promote Independence

As told by Joyce Sampson, Direct Support Professional I’ve been a champion for people with developmental disabilities ever since my own son was born with a disability. Joining Jubilee as a direct support professional matched my passion. I’m a big advocate for people doing exceptional things. Molly and I started working together when she joined the Jubilee family this Spring.… Read More »

Neighborly Connections

Ice Cream Social Creates Connections with Neighbors What a treat seeing family, friends, neighbors, and volunteers come together this summer at an ice cream social hosted by Jubilee’s housing partner Rosaria Communities.  The social was an opportunity for neighbors to meet David Geske and Brendan Malone, who live at Rosaria’s St. John’s house, and are supported by Jubilee.  Kaila Grant,… 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 »

RSVP for Client Council Learning Retreat

Client Council Learning Retreat at National Harbor | November 4-6RSVP by Tuesday, August 16 Looking ahead to the Client Council Learning Retreat at National Harbor November 4 to 6. Your Client Council chose My Security as this year’s theme. Sessions include learning about online safety, healthy relationships, and knowing your rights. Fun is also on the agenda! Happy Hour, Zumba… 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 »

New Jubilee-Rosaria Home Coming Soon

Application Due September 7 Jubilee is excited to announce an upcoming renovated, affordable home for two people supported by Jubilee. Offered in partnership with Rosaria Communities, the house in Rockville will be available this winter. Applications are now open to people already supported by Jubilee, and details are available on the application form. Apply by September 7. This is the… 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 »

Family Council Meeting July 18

Join us for our third Family Council meeting on Monday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. Steve Keener and members of Jubilee’s management will share Jubilee’s updated Family Handbook and leave time for questions and suggestions. Register on Zoom here.

Friends & Family Picnic July 30

Join your Jubilee community at our Friends and Family Summer Picnic! Smokey Glen Farm is the place to be for fun, friendship and yummy Bar-B-Q! The picnic will take place Saturday July 30 from noon to 3 PM. Please RSVP using this form by July 15. Each person must register individually. Questions? Contact Julia McCune at jmccune@jubileemd.org or at 301-949-8628 ext. 106… 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 »

Juneteenth Celebration at Jubilee

Celebrate Juneteenth with your Jubilee family as we honor the holiday with a celebration of African Unity and African-American Freedom. The event is an opportunity to learn and have fun as we celebrate each other’s cultures and history. One of the wonderful strengths of Jubilee is our diversity, and respect for different cultures. Staff from African and Caribbean countries will… Read More »

Engage in the Community

June Activities Include SPIRIT CLUB Field Day and Downtown DC Dinner By Steve Keener, Jubilee Executive Director Being together at Jubilee’s first picnic of the summer really drove home how important it is to get out of the house and reengage with the wider community. These past two years have been lonely and frightening. It is time to heal. It… 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 »

Supporting Life Goals of Adults with I/DD

Jubilee Awarded Grant from Phillips Charitable Foundation Thanks to a grant Jubilee received from the Phillips Charitable Foundation, our Person-Centered Planning Team participated in intensive training to further improve our work supporting the goals of the people we support. The training, from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), will help Jubilee incorporate CQL best practices into our Person-Centered Plans.… Read More »

Client Council Sets New Goals

Jubilee’s Client Council leadership recently held a strategic planning retreat to set goals for the next two years. This retreat built on the discussion held by all at the March meeting of Client Council. Client Council set four goals. They are: Start holding in-person meetings again for the entire group. Revamp the annual Client Council learning retreat to increase the… Read More »

Register Now for New Social Programs

Jubilee’s Community Engagement team is busy creating new and exciting social opportunities for our community. You do not want to miss this fun! Keep an eye on our online events calendar which is frequently updated with programs just for you. In addition to our weekly programming, which is free to the Jubilee community, we have some new additional highlights you… Read More »

Champions Support Jubilee

Fundraising Breakfast Heartwarming Success They say good things come to those who wait, and after two long years apart, nothing could have been more wonderful than being together at Jubilee’s Champions of Inclusion fundraising breakfast. You could practically feel the spirit and joy in the room, as more than 200 members of our community came together to support Jubilee. Thanks… Read More »

Key Findings from Jubilee’s Racial Equity and Belong Audit

By A’isha Henry, RJAG Chair and Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager Jubilee’s Racial Justice Advisory Group (RJAG) will soon be wrapping up our second year of work supporting Jubilee in becoming a more equitable and just organization. We meet monthly to identify barriers in communication, discuss training and education, and to monitor the progress of last year’s goals. These goals… Read More »

Help for Ukraine

Dear Jubilee Friends, As I follow the war in Ukraine from afar in horror, I particularly worry about people with disabilities in Ukraine. These vulnerable people are often sadly overlooked in times of war. In Ukraine, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are still supported in large institutions. I am reminded of how things were in the 1950’s in… Read More »

DDA News: Rental Subsidy Program Announced and Budget Increase

Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) recently announced a new rental subsidy program, where people pay only 30 percent of their household income for rent and utilities. Unlike other DDA rental assistance programs, this program is similar to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It is tenant-based, so people who participate are free to move with the voucher to any qualifying home… Read More »

In Memoriam: Scott Seropian

We are saddened to share with you that Scott Seropian recently passed away. He was just shy of his 62nd birthday, a birthday he shared with his 96-year-old father. Jubilee began supporting Scott in 2008, and he lived with Alex Fidler and Ronald Fluke. Scott was an artist, enjoyed listening to music, and loved to go on long walks with… Read More »

New Activities Bloom

Day Trips, Classes and Beach Trip Returns! As both the weather and pandemic improve, we have added lots of new programs this Spring. Our Reaching Out program is now open to everyone, and exciting upcoming events include a trip to Brookside Gardens, an Escape Room adventure, and an in-person art class. These programs include a small fee. See a full… Read More »