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Staff Award Nominations due Sept. 1

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 »

New Zoom Link for Jubilee Programs

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jubilee’s dedicated zoom program link is changed as of today, March 7. We apologize for any confusion. Please use our NEW zoom link going forward for Jubilee programs. Every Jubilee team member has the new program link and can assist the people we support with the transition. A new print calendar of activities with the updated… Read More »

Thank You Generous Jubilee Supporters

You Made a Difference for Tracy, Read Her Story in Jubilee’s 2021 Annual Report You make it possible for Jubilee to fully support adults with disabilities, and we are brimming with gratitude. We have great news to share with you. Thanks to you, 50 new donors supported Jubilee in the last 90 days. A great big thank you to an… Read More »

Welcome Back Circle of Friends

Program Creates Lasting Friendships It takes a village to create a warm and welcoming community where every member is valued. Today, we’re asking you to join our village through our Circle of Friends program.  Jubilee’s Circle of Friends helps create long-term relationships between the people we support and community members who seek meaningful connections and friendships. Jubilee’s Circle of Friends… Read More »

Champions of Inclusion Fundraiser April 26

We can’t wait to see you at our upcoming Champions of Inclusion Fundraising Breakfast on Tuesday, April 26 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Get ready to be inspired at our second annual fundraising breakfast. Hear directly from your community members about Jubilee’s role in their lives. Learn more about Jubilee’s Champions of Inclusion and see who in your community… Read More »

New Activities Bloom This Spring

Phase II for Retirees Restarts April 1, Print Calendar of Activities Mailed to Every Person Jubilee Supports Fun is in bloom at Jubilee this Spring! We have a fresh slate of activities and programs just for you. Last month, we asked you what programs you want to see from Jubilee in a survey, and you answered. Based on responses from… Read More »

Tiny Jubilee Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day from Your Friends at Jubilee Here at Jubilee, we are celebrating love in all it’s many wonderful forms in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate all the ways we love and care for each other. Cuddle up and enjoy these Tiny Jubilee Love Stories* to celebrate romance, friendship, and self care. Michaelis Young… Read More »

Jubilee Foundation Merges with Association

Thank you Foundation Board Members This month, the operations of the Jubilee Foundation will merge into the Jubilee Association of Maryland. Since 1990, the Foundation board has helped Jubilee Association of Maryland promote and fundraise for its essential work. The merger will improve efficiency and save administrative costs related to maintaining a second 501(c)(3) organization. Jubilee’s programming, outreach, and fundraising… Read More »

Jubilee-Rosaria Partnership Grows

By Steve Keener, Executive Director Daniel Lacy recently joined Jubilee, and he moved just in time to celebrate his first Christmas in his new home.  With a spacious floor plan and every detail considered for his accessibility needs, the house sparkles with welcome. Daniel’s new home is the fifth property developed by our housing partner, Rosaria Communities. Jubilee is proud… Read More »