Project Jason

Rating: 5 stars   53 reviews

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Location: PO Box 11275 Yakima WA 98902 USA

Mission: Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski, handles all interactions with family members, and has over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more. Project Jason has distributed more than 15,500 personal ID kits, including a Spanish translation. Project Jason has faciliated the distribution of more than 50,000 posters nationwide through their various poster campaigns. Project Jason has given out more than 4,750 missing person photo buttons through their Adopt a Missing Person program. Project Jason has mentored several volunteers to action and passed legislation in 6 states that positively effect missing persons cases. Project Jason has served over 400 families since their inception in 2003. Project Jason, in partnership with Target Media, places information about 4 missing persons each month in national trucking magazines which have circulations of 150,000 each. Project Jason has had a direct impact in the location of numerous missing persons, including a teen missing for 2 years, a sister missing for 7, two sisters missing for 2 years, and a son missing for 14. Project Jason is the first and only assistance organization to offer free, professional counseling online with one of the nation's leading counselors. Project Jason was the first nonprofit of its type to open an office in the popular virtual world, Second Life, bringing the cause of the missing to a new audience, telling the stories of the missing in an intimate and intriguing style. Project Jason is the only nonprofit which offers an annual retreat for family members of both missing children and adults, teaching these families how to cope with this unique loss.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am a happy ,proud Grateful mother of a recovered 12 year old daughter. She was abducted and was missing for 2 1/2 years. Thankfully I was introduced to Project Jason early on in her disappearance.Kelly was available day and night for much needed support and hope. She helped me to keep my daughters name and story alive. We used posters, magazines, buttons, t-shirts and this is only to name a few. Her experience and knowledge is one of a kind. She has been there and done that and knows how it feels. I believe that I got most of my strength from her. Project Jason is a Positive program that gives you hope, without hope you really have nothing. I know this for a fact.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Part of the recovery of my daughter

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I would change about it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Hope and Strength that you aquire

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Loving,caring and giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot more families like my own to bring home a loved one that is missing.

Ways to make it better...

I could have met Kelly in person

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial needs and all around cut backs. This is not where cut backs should be made. This program is a PRIORITY

One thing I'd also say is that...

Unless you have had a loved one taken from you, you might not realize how much it hurts. I know this and so does Kelly. Her strength is unbelievable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Project Jason has been a very helpful organization to me regarding my missing son of almost 21 years. Kelly is always available and always willing to do whatever she can-she is so knowledgeable and has advised me of ways to get info out that I would have never thot of. She has made posters for me, wrote a press release. I am so thankful to be a little part of Project Jason and tho I can not offer a lot of financial aid my prayers are always with Kelly and her family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting more help from Project Jason than law enforcement

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

always willing to help and never asking for something in return

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have only talked to Kelly on the internet

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

they could do wonders

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Project Jason is the best staff I have found to provide me with resources, events, and connections in dealing with the loss of a missing loved one. Kelly Jolkowski (Founder) has done tremendous research and study that protects her mission. She doesn't hesitate passing along any of what she has learned to help someone else in a similar situation. I am sure she and any volunteers have spent countless hours and no telling how much money on their efforts. If any organization is worthy of receiving assistance or worth investing in, it is Project Jason.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with and taking steps to solve my situation with a missing loved one.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it the necessary means in which it can grow to its fullest potential.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendliness and assistance provided by this organization

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The best you can ask for, even compared to expensive alternatives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide the people it targets to help with services that are not even measurable in dollar amounts.

Ways to make it better...

Funds were available to process critical information into the national databases for me on my missing loved one.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finanacial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization deserves it. No lie.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Project Jason has been more then helpful in the ongoing process of helping and giving advice in the disappearance of one of my family members. For instance they are affiliated with the 18 Wheeler Angels Program and they were able to help get my sister's story and picture featured in a magazine called Truck Job Seekers. This was a huge deal to my family because my sister's car is also missing along with her. This helped to keep the public and truckers keep their eye out for my sister's car. This organization has helped so many people in so many different ways and the compassion for these families that have missing loved ones is amazing. I recommend this organization highly and hope that anyone going through the disappearance of a loved one to feel that you can depend on this organization, they are truly amazing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The help and advice they have given me when its comes to my missing sister. This organization knows itself what it is like to have a missing loved one so they strive just as much with every individual that they help just as much as their own family.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are so compassionate and know exactly what each and every family is going through. They bend over backwards to make sure the word gets out of every family's missing loved one.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have spoke to the head of the Project Jason organization, Kelly, and she was so wonderful and so compassionate to my family. She is a truly wonderful human being for the love she gives with this organization that helps all these families.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help every family find their missing loved ones.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Project Jason is a wonderful organization that helps so many families going through the worst time in their lives. When my granddaughter was abducted by her non-custodial mother in 2007, Project Jason was there for my family, offering us support and counseling on their website, and also posting pictures, flyers and information about my granddaughter across the internet and across the country. Luckily, my granddaughter was found after 10 weeks and brought home safely. I truly believe that Project Jason played an important role in her being found so quickly. Kelly Jolkowski, the founder of Project Jason, started this non-profit organization after her son, Jason, went missing in 2001. Kelly's son hasn't been found yet, but she courageously fights on to help other families going through this painful experience. Kelly Jolkowski took a devastating tragedy in her own life and turned it into a beacon of hope for so many people. Project Jason offers many diverse programs to help the families of the missing. Among them is an annual retreat for the families where they can relax and be with others who understand the trauma they are going through. At these retreats, Project Jason offers workshops and counseling to help families learn how to cope with their tragedy and also fun and games to help relieve their stress and pain. Project Jason is an important and much-needed organization which depends on donations to keep it going. I sincerely hope that those reading this review will never need the services of Project Jason, but if you ever do, they will be there for you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. Several missing persons have been found as a direct result of the help that Project Jason offered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing differently. Kelly Jolkowski runs this organization very competently and professionally.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the kindness of the volunteers who offered me and my family help when our loved one was missing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and genuinely caring individuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find so many more missing persons and bring relief to many more families.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to attend the annual retreat that Project Jason offers for the families of the missing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having to raise funds to continue operating.

One thing I'd also say is that...

having a missing loved one can happen to anyone at any time. This world needs organizations like Project Jason who offer services free of charge to the families of the missing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Project Jason is a much needed resource for families of the missing. They have the experience, knowledge and compassion to help families caught in the despair and frustration of looking for lost loved ones.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping families find renewed hope and constructive venues for support. They offer and pursue resources for communicating awareness of the missing, counseling for family members and help for those in crisis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never be able to replace Kelly!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

connecting and bonding with others in the same circumstances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and professional; very sensitive to our vulnerabilities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do incredible work to help locate the missing and support the families of missing loved ones.

Ways to make it better...

only my sons would have participated!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financing to meet challenges of an overwhelming need for their services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Project Jason provides a unique and much needed service for the growing number of families dealing with the horror of a missing loved one.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Project Jason is a wonderful organization that helps assist families of the missing. The offer many different tools to help find our missing loved ones. They are very helpfil on many different levels.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and loving.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Project Jason is the best organization out there in support of the families of the missing. Their Keys to Healing Retreat was amazing and helped so many families cope with what they are experiencing. No one can do it better!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ACTION!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be humbled!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their knowledge in all aspect of having a loved one missing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Counselor, Media and families of the Missing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help find more missing and have more family members attend their retreat..

Ways to make it better...

I am in awe it couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Project Jason is the most ethical organization in the US.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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