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Jubilee Homes Holds Community-Wide Open House

By Katrina Weston


Jubilee Homes, executive director, Walt Dixie pictured with vice president Father James Mathews

Jubilee Homes executive director, Walt Dixie pictured with vice president Father James Mathews

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse held an open house, in order to reintroduce its programs and services to the community, Friday, Oct. 23.

The organization held the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its new office, 119 South Ave.

“We held the open house so the community could become reacquainted with the staff, and members of  Jubilee Homes, and what this organization has to offer the people in the community,” Walt Dixie, executive director of the non-profit agency, stated.

According to Dixie, Jubilee Homes specializes in providing home ownership and rental opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes, as well as increasing commercial development on the Southwest side of the city.

The organization’s newest program, “Build to Work,” received a $310,000, two-year state grant in July, with help from state Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida).

The program is geared toward assisting community members who are having difficulty finding employment, with job training.

“This particular program training can be held on-site, or in-home, day or night,” Kristin Davis, a job coach with the program, stated. “Schedules will accommodate those that are signed up for the program, based on the needs of the individual. The program will provide job training, and job placement for those that fit the requirements.”

In addition, Twiggy Billue, the program’s coordinator, said “Build to Work” will provide continuing support for all of its participants.

“We are with you every step of the way,” Billue stated. “You may have a job, but is it your dream job? If not, then we find out just what the individual’s goals are, and we figure out just what is stopping them from reaching that job goal. And then, we take the necessary steps to make those job goals a reality.”

Visit Jubilee Homes’ South Ave. location, or go to the organization’s website, at www.jubilee-homes.com, for additional information regarding the organization.