JLKD Awards $25k to Help Vulnerable Women & Children

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

“We had several wonderful grant applications come in,” shared Jen Steffgen, 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 a one-, two- or three-bedroom unit. This complex is more than 40 years old, and many of the building’s features are original—including the outdated, drafty windows. The grant dollars will be applied towards a major renovation for the site, specifically to update the windows—keeping the young children safe and helping the program save significant dollars in heating and cooling costs.

“Many of the young women who come into Jubilee Village are coming out of really difficult circumstances, including emotional or physical 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 that 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.”

The Community Council has worked with Outreach in the past two years, specifically through the annual Christmas Store held at its center in Carol Stream. Plans are currently underway to provide much-needed curtains for the Jubilee Village apartments, as well as additional educational or health-focused programs for the moms and children.

“We are excited about the new opportunity to partner with Jubilee Village,” says Sue Wilson, VP of Community. “Jubilee Village is a perfect match for our new 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. The goal is to create regular volunteer opportunities for JLKD members to serve on-site at Jubilee Village. So our commitment will extend far beyond this initial investment.”

The Community grant was awarded by President, Jessica Jecmen Brummel, and Community Vice President, Sue Wilson at JLKD’s Spring Fling event in March 2016.