By Glenda Andrews
The doors of Jubilee House opened in October 2006 for two days a week with an average of 13 people a day. Today, Jubilee House is open five days a week with an average of 43 people a day. The need is great and Jubilee House is filling that need. By the end of December it is expected there will be over 10,000 visits for the year. Visits could be new people using the facilities for the first time or a person who uses the facilities everyday; to each they are served by dedicated, loving volunteers from Grace and the community at large.
The services offered at Jubilee House for the homeless or under employed are many. Hot showers and toilet kits are offered, laundry facilities complete with laundry detergent, computers with wi-fi, personal US mail delivery, personal secured storage bins, warm emergency clothing, and–for the hungry–warm food. Jubilee House is also an extreme weather emergency location. When the forecast is for 10 degrees or lower for an extended time or a blizzard warning is present, Jubilee House will open in the morning after Safe Harbor closes for the day and stay open until Safe Harbor opens again at 6:00 in the evening providing a safe and warm shelter from the life threatening cold.
Grace Episcopal Jubilee House mission statement is “an outreach ministry providing daily living needs, support, and ministry that promotes dignity and respect for all we welcome through our door.” The hours of operation are Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick and you took care of me.”
This is the heart of Jubilee House.