Jubilee Jobs was created in 1981, when residents of a low-income housing program in Adams Morgan identified employment as one of their basic unmet needs. They envisioned an employment agency to serve semi-skilled and unskilled individuals like themselves. Since opening, Jubilee Jobs has placed more than 23,000 individuals in jobs.
Our program offers hope for jobseekers from all over the city as they strive to overcome stumbling blocks in their path to work. Many applicants come to us bearing burdens of poverty, homelessness, having been incarcerated, and alcohol/substance abuse. Some strive to become independent and leave behind reliance on public subsidies. Others start with little work experience, large gaps in work history, language barriers, and/or low education and job-skill levels. We see beyond these struggles and envision each person’s ability to achieve a better life.
Sustaining adequate employment is crucial for individuals to support themselves and to help meet their most basic needs for food, housing, clothing, and the ability to provide for their children. An additional benefit is that, once these individuals are working, they will help stimulate the economy through spending and in their contributions in taxes, Medicare and Social Security.
In 2012, we placed 1,000 people in jobs. Our goal for 2013 is to help another 1,000 people. Thus far, we have placed 806 peole in jobs. We need your help to place 194 more. Your gift today will contribute to the cost of placing these individuals in jobs. Our cost per placement is low at $980 and remains the lowest cost for job services like ours in the Washington metropolitan region.
Examples of the kinds of long-term success we envision for our applicants are revealed in the many stories shared by our applicants. We frequently witness transitions such as: from entry-level employment to a sustainable career; from homelessness to renting one’s own apartment or buying a home; from working for others to becoming a manager or owning a business; from being burdened by debt to developing savings; and, most importantly, moving from a isolation and failure to properly caring for self and family, and to being able to give back to the community.
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