Thank you to Vince Cascio, a young man working on his final badge towards becoming an Eagle Scout, for serving Jubilee Village! For his project, Vince chose to bless Jubilee Village with two benches for the outdoor patio, which will allow residents to sit and visit when they’re outdoors grilling during the warmer months.
“Vince, along with a group of Boy Scouts that he supervised, actually designed and built the benches!” says Michelle Demuir, director of Jubilee Village. “Despite the colder temperatures, our residents and houseparents started using the patio and benches in early winter (when the temperature was milder!), which has fostered community.” Vince’s Eagle Scout project included digging out the old sod around the patio and laying down fresh new sod, which has greatly enhanced the beauty of the area.
Vince not only worked on the additions outside the building, but he also raised money for Jubilee Village’s Client Care Fund, which assists mothers in the program with unforeseen issues, such as car repairs. “Though seemingly insignificant, without access to a working car, our young single mothers are unable to get to work, which leads to a reduced paycheck, or loss of a job, resulting in an inability to pay their bills,” says Michelle. “Building the Client Care Fund is a continual need, and we are extremely grateful for Vince’s generosity.”
Jubilee Village’s program provides transitional housing to homeless mothers between the ages of 18 and 22 who are either parenting one child or pregnant with their first child. It is a time for strong women to receive the support and help they need to reach their goals while in community with other mothers in similar situations. “One of the obstacles Jubilee Village residents face is the sense, and at times reality, that they are doing this alone,” says Michelle. “Jubilee Village works to show our young moms that there are others walking alongside them. Through community living, they see that they can balance motherhood, work, school, and life’s unexpected events in a way that they didn’t know was possible. We are thankful for Vince’s willingness to use his time and talents to improve his community by improving ours!”
Jubilee Village serves women between the ages of 18 and 22 and their children. The program is designed to holistically address the myriad needs of its residents, many of whom come with histories of family discord and domestic violence and without financial resources or job skills. Young mothers benefit from wrap-around services, including safe and secure housing, counseling, case management, financial planning, parenting classes, job skills and mentoring from experienced live-in couples on each floor. Jubilee Village is a program of Wheaton Youth Outreach.