What is Jubilee Home?
Jubilee Home works with young men in the Durham community to create a place that bridges the gap between incarceration and full independence. Our goals as an organization balance the real social and psychological needs of our residents with an understanding of community that comes from our belief that everyone has something to contribute. Ours is an assets based approach that first recognizes each resident as unique and valuable, and works with each young man to discover his wants and needs. We accomplish our mission by:
- Doing life together in a way that celebrates diversity and creativity, and acknowledges the strengths and value of each individual.
- Creating peaceful housing for transition aged young men (17-24 years old)
- Offering therapeutic resources to empower all residents to manage any past and/or current traumas
- Providing easy access to a network of wrap around services including education, vocational training, mental health and substance abuse counseling, as well as pro-social opportunities for all residents
- Administer individually crafted life-skills curriculum for each resident based on needs and desires.
Jubilee Home is a faith-based organization, that believes to be human is to be endowed with dignity and value. Every person is more valuable than their worst moment, but under the current systems justice involved individuals are denied access to many of the social services that could help them transition back to their communities smoothly. This means that even after an individual has served the time deemed appropriate by the courts for their crime, they are still socially guilty for life and lose access to section 8 housing vouchers and possibly even SNAP benefits. These circumstances, paired with the difficulty of finding worthwhile employment with a criminal record means that many young men who want to rejoin their communities in a meaningful way can not successfully make the transition. Jubilee Home works to remove some of these initial barriers by providing stable housing, nutritious meals, and working with strong minded employers to find our residents meaningful work.
But Jubilee Home does not work only for the benefit of formerly incarcerated individuals. JH also works to connect the community and its residents to one another so that we can all benefit from the gifts of each other. The Durham community is fuller, and more diverse when young men are allowed to return and put their varied experiences to work within their neighborhoods.
Our origin as an organization is not exciting or extraordinary. Like many small non-profits, we began as an attempt to solve a problem – in particular the problem of suitable supportive housing options for young men returning from incarceration in North Carolina. As we develop we learn every day that our role is less about solving the problems of others and more about learning how to be part of a community of mutual kinship.
In 2011, while working in a youth detention facility, one of our co-founders witnessed two of his students do terrible things to make sure they could stay incarcerated as opposed to returning home. This loss of naivety forced him to look deeper at the options available to young men as they leave incarceration. When the research turned up a gap in options for transitional aged peoples (17-24 yrs old) the idea for Jubilee Home was born!
Now, a few years later, we recognize that we are not THE solution for supportive housing in North Carolina. Instead, we are a part a Durham community that cares deeply about these young men and is working hard to bring them back in a way that enables them to flourish on the strength of their own talents. We are so thankful to be part of such a process of reconciliation and mutuality.
Meet our Board
Dewey Williams is a minister at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, in Durham, North Carolina, where he serves with the Prison Ministry, Voices of Praise, Male Chorus, and as a teacher of the Marriage Ministry. He is an ordained Baptist minister and served as a pastor in Denver, Colorado for ten years. For two years he served as President of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Metropolitan Denver. Dewey is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. Additionally, Dewey did social work for twenty years in Texas, Colorado and Durham. While serving in Denver as the Community Chairperson of Family-to-Family he helped to reshape child protective services in Denver, Colorado, making community involvement attached to every child welfare case.
DeWarren K. Langley
A native of Durham, North Carolina, DeWarren K. Langley, is the Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit empowerment and advocacy organization that provides a seamless continuum of programs and services to educate, empower and support young men of color to navigate college to career, improve academic and career outcomes and remedy systemic barriers to black excellence to ensure all young men of color have equal opportunity to lead successful and meaningful lives. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration, programs, college outreach and strategic plan. He has 16 years of nonprofit experience in board governance & compliance, strategic planning & implementation, personnel management, program development & implementation and financial oversight. DeWarren holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Economics with a minor in Leadership Studies from Hampton University and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law from North Carolina Central University School of Law. DeWarren also holds a Certificate of Completion in Technology of Participation Group Facilitation Methods from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. In addition, he is a graduate of the SPARC Nonprofit Board Training of the United Way of the Greater Triangle, Durham Planning Academy, Durham Neighborhood College and Citizens Police Academy of the Durham Police Department. Currently, DeWarren is earning a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Government Administration & Public Policy from North Carolina Central University. He worships as a member of First Calvary Baptist Church where he is active with the Young Adults Ministry, Male Summit Ministry, Project FINE and Budget Committee.
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am the third child of four to Joseph R and Ectoria H. Redmond. My father is a football coach and has held several coaching jobs and that has caused my family to move around a lot. We finally settled in Houston, Texas where I call home. I grew up a loving all sports. I played soccer growing up for various recreation leagues and baseball in the neighborhood; however, my first love was always football. While in high school I ran track and excelled at it also. I graduated high school in 1990 and went on to college where I graduated in four and a half year with a bachelor in Business Management. I have just recently graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have worked in retail, insurance, and education. I am an entrepreneur by design. I believe that building a business will give an individual an opportunity to express their own voice. I look at business like art. Each artist sees a blank canvas differently. The way you create on that canvas will be what is in your heart. I look at business and I want to create something that leaves my expression on communities when I am gone.
From the age of 13, John Collins was in trouble with law. He was either on probation, incarcerated or on parole almost continuously throughout adolescence and most of his 20’s. His troubles with drinking, drugs and crime continued to escalate in spite of caring, resourceful family support. Finally, after serving multiple sentences in state and federal prisons, his record caught up to him. Sentenced to 10 years for being an habitual felon, John took advantage of all the educational, social, spiritual growth and recovery opportunities available. He is currently employed as a Civil Engineering CAD Designer at the same company he went to work for on work release in 2004, has bought a home, volunteers inside prisons regularly, and is on several executive boards of organizations involved in helping people overcome similar demons to those that plagued him for so long. In addition to his engineering work, in 2013 John began working as the recovery coordinator for the new University Recovery Community, a residential program to aid students of local universities as they navigate from drug and alcohol treatment settings into the recovery community, and back into school. Most importantly, after becoming such an utterly hopeless example of recidivism, John has not been rearrested since his release in 2006.
Amber has worked in Durham Public schools for 10 years. She has an Elementary Education Degree and has worked with youth for many years. She has a heart for hospitality and has always wanted to open a bed and breakfast. God has shifted the vision of a bed and breakfast into a transitional home for guys. Although Jubilee Home has been a slower process than hoped for, hospitality ministry is becoming a reality much sooner than she ever imagined. Amber excited to be part of the Jubilee Home Family along with her husband David and two sons.
I’m humbly grateful to serve on a board that directly and positively influences the lives of people who need it the most. In the 25 years I’ve lived in Durham, I certainly had more than my fair share of challenges and trouble. As a formerly incarcerated person and substance use addict, I relate to the mission of the Jubilee Home of securing hope for our youth at a critical juncture in their lives. Change is powerful. It’s amazingly rewarding to have a career in the criminal justice system – working in case management with Durham County’s Criminal Justice Resource Center for the last 5 years. I currently serve on the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Board, pursuing a degree in Human Service Technology, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Facilitator, and Business Administration Certification. Now residing in Raleigh NC, I’m happily married to my beautiful wife, Wendy while attending & serving at Triangle Church of Christ in Chapel Hill, NC. In addition, I’m a basketball official, do color commentary/PA announcing at sporting events, and serve as a religious volunteer at several NC prisons. Living to serve others is the best way to live – giving back was has been giving to me.
David graduated from Duke Divinity School with an M.Div in 2011 and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His experience with young people is substantial and varied including being a youth pastor, working in Durham Public Schools, coaching multiple sports in the community, and serving as a chaplain at CA Dillon Youth Development Center. In 2012, David brought together the group of people that would become the first Jubilee Home board of directors. In early 2015, the board named David executive director and look forward to his leadership as Jubilee Home provides therapeutic housing to young people in Durham.