JLKD Awards $25,000 Grant to Help Vulnerable Women and Children

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In March 2016, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. awarded a $25,000 grant to Jubilee Village to support renovation of their facility.

Jubilee Village, a division of Outreach Community Ministries, is a transitional housing shelter for young women, ages 18-24, who are pregnant or have a young child, ages 0-5. Young mothers who are referred to the program benefit from the wrap-around services Jubilee Village offers, including counseling, case management, financial management and parenting classes. Jubilee Village provides a safe and secure housing situation that gives young women an opportunity to thrive.

“We had several wonderful grant applications come in,” shared Jen Steffgen, former VP of Finance. “After a lively discussion and careful consideration, we voted to approve Jubilee Village as our award winner. We believe that this investment will make a significant impact in the lives of the young women and children living at Jubilee Village.”

Jubilee Village is a 17-unit apartment building. Residents live in one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments. The complex is more than 40 years old, and many of the building’s features are original – including the outdated, drafty windows. The grant subsidized a major renovation for the complex, specifically providing new windows, which both keep the mothers and their children safe and help the facility save significant dollars in heating and cooling costs. In addition, JLKD members installed curtains over the windows in each of these apartments, which make the apartments feel more cozy and stylish.

“Many of the young women who come to Jubilee Village are coming from difficult circumstances, including emotional or physically abusive situations, and would be homeless if not for our program,” shares Michelle de Muir, Jubilee Village Program Director. “They are incredibly thankful to have a safe place to call home, and your generous gift ensures that we can continue to make this a safe space for our moms. On behalf of all the women and children served at Jubilee Village, thank you to the Junior League for your investment.”

“Jubilee Village is a perfect match for our community focus, to serve women and children (ages 0-5) who are living in poverty. They are already doing wonderful work, and we are excited to develop an ongoing relationship that will allow JLKD to come alongside these moms and their kids and encourage them through our community projects.” says Sue Wilson, former JLKD Community Vice President.