Jubilee Ministries

Safe Harbor looks different at Grace this year

What is Safe Harbor? Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of people experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests  staying in a shelter. According to county-wide statistics, the average Safe Harbor guest is over the age of eighteen including 74% …

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Jubilee House to Dance with the Stars

It is exciting to inform you that Jubilee House has been chosen as one of six charities to participate in this years’ Swingshift and the Stars, Dance-off for charity.  Swingshift is a local dance competition featuring professional dancers and is patterned after the popular television program, Dancing With The Stars.  A large portion of the …

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Safe Harbor & Grace: something to make us proud

By Jenika Burden What we now know as Safe Harbor began in 2003 when a man experiencing homelessness died of exposure on the old state hospital grounds. That winter, The First Church of the Nazarene opened their doors to offer overnight shelter, and stayed open for 45 straight nights, housing as many as 26 people …

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Jubilee House gives hope to the homeless

Connie Riopelle Interim Director, Jubilee House He was about 50, a little gray, a little bald, walking with a slouch, wearing a large backpack and windbreaker, and he was dirty when he entered Jubilee House.   He very meekly said he couldn’t pay anything but had been told to go to Jubilee House for help.  After …

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Glenda & Ken Andrews win Sara Hardy award for Jubilee Ministries work

Glenda and Ken Andrews will be presented with the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award on Monday, March 16, 2015. A celebration will take place at 6 p.m. in the second floor training room, with the award presentation at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, Second Floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City. Lee Hornberger, Chair …

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Jubilee House renovation project is complete!

By Glenda and Ken Andrews Watching Jubilee House grow has been a rewarding journey – like a spring flower you watch in anticipation from that first bud in the snow until it is in full beautiful bloom. When Jubilee House opened in 2006, our grandchildren were four and five years old. They are now 13 …

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Jubilee House “All Saints Service” on Dec. 28

Central United  Methodist Church will be holding an “All Saints Service” to honor our friends that have died since October 2013. All are invited to attend the service. The Jubilee House Memorial Cross will stand in honor at the altar of Central United Methodist All Saints Service. Central United Methodist Church 222 Cass Street Traverse …

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Jubilee House wins Community Champion Award

By Glenda Andrews On October 23, Jubilee House was honored by the Grand Traverse Community Collaborative and was presented the Mary Lee Lord Community Champion Award.  The Community Collaborative is made up from all of the human services agencies private and governmental in the Grand Traverse area and the award is in recognition of Jubilee …

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An open letter of thanks for Outreach Renovation support

By Glenda Andrews And now the campaign of 2014 for Jubilee Ministries has come to a close.   The grants have been awarded, the green envelopes have been opened and the construction work will begin. This has been a long journey for Grace’s Outreach Jubilee Ministries. Before these ministries could move forward, the first step was …

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Remembering Bill – a quiet powerhouse who listened but never judged

By Donna Olendorf Bill Hankins was already retired by the time I met him. Maybe that’s why he seemed to have all the time in the world, to never be rushed or harried, and to always be fully present in the moment. But, somehow, I don’t think it was retirement that calmed Bill down. I …

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Outreach ministries feed hunger of the soul

By Glenda Andrews Jubilee House Coordinator There are many forms of hunger. The life sustaining hunger that food will ease. The hunger from loneliness that the compassion of man can fulfill. The hunger for knowledge that a teacher can bring and open the mind. And then there is the hunger from our souls as we …

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An empty house is not a home – one woman’s story

By Glenda Andrews Jubilee House Coordinator Currently the waiting list in Traverse City for affordable housing with assisted financial help from the Department of Housing is two-and-a-half years or longer. This is a major concern for the social outreach programs within the city, and commissions have been formed to study the programs and see how …

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