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Steve Banta, CEO, Jewish Family Service; Thornton Hardie, president, The Rees-Jones Foundation; Randy Colen, president, Jewish Family Service; Jeff Rice, chairman, Jubilee Park board of directors; and Adam Medrano, Deputy Mayor Pro Temp Ben Leal, Jubilee Park CEO

Jubilee Park & Community Center and Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas celebrated the launch of its new innovative partnership to offer mental healthcare to Southeast Dallas residents on Tuesday, July 25 at a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.  


Held at Jubilee Park & Community Center, located at 917 Bank Street in Dallas, the festivities began with remarks by Ben Leal, CEO, Jubilee Park & Community Center; Steve Banta, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas and Deputy Mayor Pro Ten Adam Medrano, followed by an official ribbon-cutting and tours of the new mental healthcare counseling center.  Partners in attendance included Thornton “T.” Hardie, Rees-Jones Foundation; Sergeant Bridget Wilson-Jones, Dallas Police Department; and Eneida Padro, Principal of Oran M. Roberts Elementary School.


“Jubilee has become a destination for innovative partnerships and meaningful impact.  Our partnership with Jewish Family Service is a perfect example, combining our community relationships and assets with their clinical staff to provide unique services in Southeast Dallas,” remarked Ben Leal, CEO, Jubilee Park & Community Center.  “As the field of public health changes, and as we learn more and more about the importance of mental healthcare, Jubilee is proud to launch this groundbreaking.  As with all of our work, we hope that we can catalyze change across Dallas.”


Jubilee’s partnership with Jewish Family Service will be the only mental health program in South Dallas offering free counseling to children and adults.  A full-time family therapist and a full-time play therapist will provide direct care as well as lead community education events for parents and caregivers.  A part-time psychiatrist will supplement the program with clinical support.


The partnership launches this month, with all referrals made through Jubilee Park’s program staff.  For more information about the Jubilee Park and Jewish Family Service mental healthcare program, contact Marjorie Murat, Director of Program Services, 214-887-1364 or


About Jubilee Park & Community Center

Celebrating its 20th year, Jubilee Park and Community Center is a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment to the Jubilee Park Neighborhood, a 62- block area in southeast Dallas. Founded in 1997, Jubilee Park and Community Center helps families and other members of the community identify and access resources that help to provide stability and enhance their quality of life through five pillars: education, affordable housing, public health, public safety and economic development.   For more information, visit


About Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas

Jewish Family Service provides professional, effective and affordable mental-health and social services that promote lifelong self-sufficiency and well-being for anyone in need regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or ability to pay. Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas is a United Way agency and in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation, which ensures we meet the highest standards of practice in the provision of our services, fiscal responsibility, agency governance and quality improvement.

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