The Jubilee | February 2018



Jubilee Launches New Development Committee with Maycroft Tours

As work is underway to create justice housing at the Maycroft for 64 families with low incomes, work is also underway to create a development committee of Jubilee’s board that will support future justice housing.
Co-chaired by Rhonda Buckley and Liz Wainger, the committee will engage current and new supporters to raise visibility and resources for Jubilee.
The committee brings together members of Jubilee’s board with former Jubilee Support Alliance (JSA) members and other champions of the organization. Already, Louise Boulton-Lear, who was active in JSA, has accepted a lead role on the new committee, which is aiming for a dozen plus dedicated members.
“Through the development committee, Jubilee hopes to enlarge the community of stakeholders who care about justice housing—housing that’s affordable to those who need it most, coupled with opportunities we all need to succeed and located in resource-rich neighborhoods,” said Jubilee Executive Director Jim Knight.

Jim's Corner
Less than two months into the new year, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting and expansive one for Jubilee.
We created a new development committee to strengthen Jubilee’s connections with current supporters and to build relationships with potential new Jubilee champions because achieving this year’s objectives requires that we increase both our visibility and our resources.   
We kicked off a series of tours through the reconstruction of the Maycroft to familiarize newcomers to Jubilee about our work and our investment in justice housing at the Maycroft.

Round Up

Oramenta Newsome: Community Development Icon; Jubilee Champion
Oramenta Newsome spent more than 25 years advancing thoughtful, equitable community development in Washington, D.C. Among her final efforts was a loan to ensure that Jubilee could hold onto the Maycroft and keep it affordable for families with few financial resources. She passed away on February 1, 2018.
Newsome supported Jubilee on a variety of projects during her tenure as executive director of LISC DC. However, she made her most significant contribution at a critical juncture for Jubilee and the Maycroft.
Feb. 2018 Issue

February 23
Black History Month Celebration
Discover more about black history through spoken inspiration and performance.
6 - 8 p.m.
Festival Center
The Ritz Apartments
1640 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC

February 26 and March 26
Maycroft Hard-Hat Tours

Get a close-up view of the Maycroft renovations and learn more about Jubilee's work. Sing up by emailing us at fundraising@jubileehousing.org

Noon – 1 p.m.
Maycroft Apartments
1474 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC

March 17
Rally for Racial Equity, Housing and Jobs
Raise your voice with CNHED and others, including confirmed speaker Mayor Muriel Bowser. Jubilee will provide transportation, if enough participants sign up. Child care and Spanish interpretation provided. To inquire about transportation, email awalker@jubileehousing.org.
10 a.m. – Noon
Savoy Elementary Gymnasium
2400 Shannon Place SE
Washington, DC

People & Places

For Melissa Taylor, a resident of the Sorrento, Jubilee has brought not only justice but also freedom. 
At age 45, in the same week that she purchased a home, Taylor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Within two years, she became blind in one eye, lost the use of her right arm, and needed a cane. She eventually lost the ability to walk. But Taylor remained positive. She focused on using her talents to the best of her ability. 
“One minute I was living the life I had always wanted. The next, I had lost my home and had to live in a nursing home,” she said. “When I was able to get into the Sorrento, I felt free. It was lovely. I wouldn’t have had that without Jubilee.” 

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