Our Philosophy

Jubilee’s philosophy and core values are grounded in an abiding belief that the created universe is good, all people are created in God’s image, and all people are empowered.


We are thus called to love and care for God’s creation, motivated not only by human compassion and sympathy, but also by a profound sense that in serving others we honor the Creator. This belief both emanates from Jubilee’s origin as a service project of the Hyattsville Mennonite Church and reflects values shared by many religious traditions.

Jubilee actively seeks participation from people who share these faith-based values and who believe that caring for and supporting people with developmental disabilities is morally, ethically, and religiously significant. Jubilee does not discriminate in hiring based on race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, genetic status, physical or mental disability that can be reasonably accommodated or otherwise may be prohibited by applicable law.

Jubilee believes that the very act of coming together as a diverse faith community to support and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities celebrates and honors the traditions and faiths of all those who join our effort.

Jubilee also values a continual search for ways to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and therefore Jubilee strives to remain flexible and ready to adapt, with care, to new ideas and new ways of doing things. We keep abreast of the “state of the art” in the developmental disabilities field. We subscribe to the philosophical concept of “self-determination”; that is, we believe all people have the right to control their lives and resources as much as possible. Disability does not preclude having choices and responsibilities.


People’s Homes
Jubilee provides supports to people who live in their own or in agency-owned housing. In either case, people choose where they want to live and whom they live with, whether the roommate is a friend, family, or paid support personnel. Jubilee strives to ensure that people live in warm and caring places where they enjoy spending time with people they like. “Home” is a place for both relaxation and growth, where people can follow their own routines and learn skills and responsibility in a natural environment. At the same time, Jubilee continually works to guarantee that people’s health and safety needs are met.

The Individual
In line with self-determination principles, Jubilee designs its supports around the individual. We begin with a planning meeting that includes the person and those closest to him or her to understand who the person is and how the person would like to live. We examine likes and dislikes, wants, needs, and dreams and design supports to accommodate. We help people develop their talents and introduce them to and help them explore new possibilities for leisure and other activities.

The Community
Because we believe that all people should have equal access to what the community offers, we help people develop the network of connections that weave them into the life of the community. We also encourage staff to develop community relationships both for themselves and for Jubilee because we can only connect others when we ourselves are interconnected. We reach out to people and resources in the general community to find opportunities for those we support to work, learn, and play. Jubilee continually looks for ways to support people to become active members in their community, including helping them take on leadership and civic roles.

In a personal sense, Jubilee supports people to maintain and develop the kinds of relationships with their friends and family that enrich lives. It strives to promote congenial relationships between and among those who live and/or work together. In this way, the organization can develop its own warm, reciprocal community-within-a-community that nurtures people and gives them the confidence to take their place in the larger world.

Jubilee Association
of Maryland, Inc.

10408 Montgomery Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Tel. 301.949.8626
Fax. 301.949.4628

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