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Read our Fall newsletter!

Jubilee’s Fall newsletter is now available for you to read! Learn about the launch of Jubilee’s new Housing Support Services, and how you can help make the dream of a home of your own a reality for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Meet Max, and learn how this feisty senior is still challenging himself to take new steps in… Read More »

Helping People Find Home

Jubilee Launches Housing Support Services Originally published in Jubilee’s Fall 2021 Connections newsletter “When I worked alone to get my son Kobi a housing voucher it was very stressful. You’re making decisions that impact your adult child’s future,” said parent James Cudjoe. Today, Jubilee is working to ensure that families like the Cudjoes are not alone. Jubilee is now launching… Read More »

Jubilee Hosts Vaccine Booster Clinic

It takes all of us working together to fight the pandemic! Jubilee direct support professional Shane Turner did his part by getting a vaccine booster at the Jubilee Vaccine Clinic. We have one more clinic planned on Monday, November 15. We still have slots available for staff and people we support. Reach out to Jubilee office manager Bethany Coomes at… Read More »

Join Your Friends for Upcoming Events

Check Jubilee’s Online Events Calendar and RSVP Today Fall means fun here at Jubilee! We have an exciting line up of events for our community this month. Join us daily on Jubilee Radio and for meditation. We have a twice weekly exercise class you can do from the comfort of your own home. Our book club continues to explore Romeo… Read More »

Client Council Election Results

We’re thrilled to share with you the 2022 Jubilee Client Council officers! Congratulations to: President – Ben Collins Vice President – Steve Brent Secretary – Matt Starr Treasurer – Lauren Einbinder Ten candidates ran for four open positions, and all ran strong campaigns. Congratulations to all of our candidates. Having a deep bench of strong leaders among the people we… Read More »

JAM Festival Unites Community

Jubilee’s JAM Festival brought joy to our community as we joined together for 16 activities over the course of one jam-packed week this September. Participants shined at a talent show, art projects, scavenger hunt, charades, karaoke and more. Jubilee’s Activities Planning Committee, which is a committee of people we support, planned the festival. Ben Collins, who is sight-impaired, led a… Read More »

Client Council Election Season

What an incredible slate of candidates Jubilee has for the four open positions on Jubilee’s Client Council! This self-advocacy group is by and for the people we support. The work of the council includes planning special events, holding monthly meetings, and representing the people we support on the Jubilee Board of Directors. Hope you joined our last Client Council meeting,… 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 »

Condolences to the Family and Friends of Irene Kiruparany (Kirupa)

We are sad to share that Irene Kiruparany (Kirupa) Williams passed away peacefully on August 12. Irene/Kirupa was 29 years old. Jubilee was honored to support her on her path to independence. She loved coloring, watching Disney movies, playing piano, baking, gardening, amusement parks (especially roller coaster rides), and cruises. Irene is survived by her mother, Grace Pushparany (Pushpa), and… Read More »

Jubilee’s Breaking Barriers Program

Helping Asian and Hispanic Communities Access Support Services Navigating the process of securing disability services is a challenging process. For many in Hispanic and Asian communities, it’s overwhelming. Jubilee’s new program Breaking Barriers aims to significantly increase the number of adults of Hispanic and Asian descent who receive services in the county. Data shows that here in Montgomery County, DDA… Read More »

Client Council Nominations Due By September 20

Do you want to be the next leader of Jubilee’s Client Council? Nominations are now open for our 2021 slate of officers! Put your name in for President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer. All people supported by Jubilee are eligible to run for office.  Alex Rivas, Jubilee’s current Client Council President encourages everyone to step forward and get involved. “The best… Read More »

Popular JAM Festival Returns!

Register by Monday, September 6 Back by popular demand! Our week-long JAM Festival brings our community together September 20 to 26. Fun activities include bingo, karaoke, arts, charades and a talent show. Read the full list of activities and register using the attached form. All events are virtual, many are free. Return the form to Julia McCune at the Jubilee… Read More »

Planning for a Strong Future

By Executive Director Steve Keener One of the many things about Jubilee that brings me great joy is how invested the members of our community are in the organization’s long-term success. Over the past several months, I’ve met with a diverse cross-section of our community during our strategic planning process. I’ve heard your ideas on how Jubilee can continue to… Read More »

Exploring Jubilee’s Core Values

Our new monthly series exploring Jubilee’s core values is a great opportunity to connect and discuss issues important to us all. “It’s really meaningful to hear what each value means to people based on their own life experience. Most importantly it helps us understand each other and connect on a deeper level,” shared Melanie Moore, Jubilee’s Learning and Development Manager.… Read More »

Improving Access to Jubilee Building

Thank you to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation A great big thank you to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for awarding Jubilee a grant to make the entrance to our building more accessible with an automatic door opener! Our building is a hub for meetings and special events, and we’re thrilled to now improve access to the building… Read More »

Calling All Artists!

We’re creating an art gallery wall at the office, and we’d love to feature your masterpieces! If you’ve been busy creating art this past year, show off your handiwork at our upcoming office art gallery. Submissions welcome from our entire community. Contact Office Manager Bethany Coomes at bcoomes@jubileemd.org to submit your artwork. Want to be an artist, but don’t know… Read More »

Grants Fund Opportunities for Jubilee Community

Jubilee recently received two grants that help us support adults with disabilities. Grants are an important component of Jubilee’s funding as we continually seek to innovate and improve to best serve our community. A grant from The Arc Maryland and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council provides funding to refurbish desktop computers for people we support. Being able to use a computer… Read More »

Jubilee Board Welcomes New Members

Thank You to Our Departing Board Members It’s the time of year when we say good-bye to our departing Board members and welcome new members. Our Board members provide important oversight and guidance to Jubilee, and we are so grateful to each and every one of you. We’re thrilled to welcome four new members to our Association Board. As we… Read More »

Jubilee Office Reopens July 1

A Welcome Return to our Kensington Hub By Steve Keener, Executive Director I’m thrilled to share that the doors to our Kensington office reopen July 1! This is an exciting moment and a milestone on the road to recovery as we welcome back all staff to work in the office. Our building in Kensington is so much more than an… Read More »

Jubilee Honors Juneteenth

A Juneteenth Reflection as Jubilee Works for Racial Justice By Nyla Jones, Program Assistant and Racial Justice Advisory Group Member This June 19th as we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, I reflect on the heartbreak and turmoil of the past year – and the increased focus on racial justice that resulted from it. Out of pain and… Read More »

What Justice Means at Jubilee

Our commitment and work to create a more just and equal environment for all continues. In May, Jubilee hosted seminars on our core value of justice, and our management team participated in anti-racism training hosted by Roots of Justice. During our seminars on Jubilee’s core value of justice, our community had an opportunity to learn more about: issues surrounding guardianship… Read More »

New Summer Opportunities to Get Together

We’re thrilled to be able to offer new opportunities to get together in person this summer! Sign up for weekly art, hiking and tai chi IN PERSON programming! Our Reaching Out program is now open to everyone, and you can sign up for one class session at a time. Classes cost $25, and a Reaching Out form must be completed… Read More »

COVID-19 Protocol Updated

In light of new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Jubilee’s COVID-19 protocols are newly updated. We welcome these updates, and ask everyone to continue to make safe choices for our interconnected community.   What’s new?  If you receive Jubilee services, please follow the CDC’s guidance.  If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends that you… Read More »

New Jubilee In-Person Programming

To better serve our community, Jubilee is making two exciting updates to our popular Reaching Out program! Starting this Sunday, we are offering one-time class options, and they are now open to everyone! We will be offering outdoor, in-person programs for art, hiking and tai chi. We are also offering a virtual tai chi class. Classes cost $25, and a… Read More »

May Special Events

Annual Worship Service with Hyattsville Mennonite Church Have you had a chance to participate in Jubilee’s programming this Spring? We have a full slate of exciting programs open to everyone we support. Join us to connect with friends old and new, exercise, learn a new skill, and more. All programs hosted on Jubilee’s programming link, unless otherwise noted. Check out… Read More »