This Wonderful Organization Reaches Out & Helps Families of the Missing!! After my son, Jeramy Carl Burt went missing, Kelly was the first person to reach out to me and her and her organization (Project Jason) helped guide me in what to do, as I was totally unaware of which way to turn. I will be forever grate full for their knowledge & support that they continue to give me. The certainly are a GREAT NONPROFIT!!!! Sheryl Burt~Mother of Missing Jeramy Carl Burt (February 11, 2007)
I learned of Project Jason from a friend who frequently passed on information about missing people, on Facebook and Myspace, via Project Jason, as well as other information that would be helpful to someone who had a missing person in their family. At first I thought it was a bit annoying, until my wife got the call that her niece was missing, and her sister didn't know where to turn. Enter Project Jason. They are truly a Godsend when you feel like the whole world is falling apart around you and no one else can help. Thank you to my friend Kathy for always posting those links, and thank you to Kelly Jolkowski and Project Jason for all the help they gave the family.
After being misinformed and misrepresented by LVMPD during the early period of my son's missing person case (Trevor Morse 5/6/07) I turned to the internet. The first and foremost was Kelly J at Project Jason, Kelly provided a shoulder, advice ,and contacts and I'll forever be grateful. Though it has been 5 long/short years with still no answers.
In February 2004, my daughter Elsha M. Rivera, missing from Fort Worth Texas, became another victim and one of the thousands who go missing every year in America. Do you realize that every 30 seconds a person goes missing? If you do the math that's 120 per hour alone! WOW…..we never really see the numbers nor do we ever pay attention unless its one of our own. I myself am guilty of never taking the time too see how we are so victimized in this country that we call the " Land of The Free ". But are we? Elsha had 4 children ranging from age 8 months to 9 years when she also became a victim of the missing. The years have passed and the now the children are 6, 9, 10, and 14, and they can't figure out why no one has brought their mother home. As Elsha's mother, I have spent the last 5 years with severe depression, feelings of guilt, endless and long stretches of not sleeping, and even suffering from Alopecia, hair loss caused by stress. You see when you have a missing child, spouse, or loved one of any kind and you have no answers, you feel helpless and all alone. At least I did! I took myself away from the entire world and I buried myself in a world where no one could touch or reach me, not even myself, for I became my own worst enemy. I hated everyone, I hated the person(s) responsible for taking my little girl away from me and her children, and I hated the police department for not doing enough. I thought my little girl was the only missing person out there. But most of all, I hated myself each and everyday because I wasn't capable of searching for her financially or mentally. When Project Jason found me I think I don't even remember. I slowly corresponded with them. Kelly Jolkowski emailed me from time to time and she consoled me. She spoke of her own missing child, so then I knew of her pain and heartache, but most of all I knew she understood. So, when one day Kelly emailed me about the 1st annual retreat for the families of missing persons being held in Nebraska ! I wasn't able to afford to attend since I was out of work and raising 4 children, plus, I was not even sure if my car would make it! I also wondered what I would do with the children since I didn’t have anyone here in Missouri to care for them if I did go. I spoke to the children about it and they told me I should go. Miraculously, a sponsor came forward for me, and care for the children, and all I had to do was get there. Once again, I spoke to the children and they said “Mom, you need to go.” I was even more afraid the day I left for the long drive as I made several excuses as to why I shouldn't go. You see, I didn't know what to expect…..but I was so glad I did because the Keys to Healing Retreat was like being on a cloud for me. It was like the weight of the earth had just been lifted off my shoulders. I saw others there just like me, others who had been through the same pain, the same loss and the same fears. Other people who knew what to say and how to say it without being afraid to say all the wrong things to those who hadn't felt the loss and pain of a missing loved one. When you loose a loved one by death, you have one sense of pain, but you also have closure. I knew that feeling since I had other children killed, and I met that fear and I was able to lay it to rest, but this was different in a way I could never truly explain. The conversations, the people, and the gift of what each and everyone of us had to share was like I had awoken from a very long sleep. I felt alive and I could pinch myself and feel it. I even looked in the mirror for the first time in a very longtime and what I saw was a person who wanted to live. I felt rebirth, a second chance to come back to life after attending the retreat. I can now communicate with the children, where before I only existed with them we can sit down and eat meals together before I fed them and then locked myself away in my room. We can even pray together when before I was angry at my heavenly Father for allowing me to feel pain and loss, helplessness and guilt. It's been 5 years, soon to be 6 in February 2010, but one day I will find my Elsha, and I honestly believe this in my heart, soul and mind! So I ask if you read this, please help, and look deep into your heart and soul, but remember that this too could happen to you or someone you know and love. Elizabeth Rivera, mother of Elsha M. Rivera, Missing Since 2004 From Fort Worth Texas
I was the Mother of an Endangered Missing Son who had been missing for many years. I had begun to lose hope until one night I discovered Project Jason on the Internet. I sent Project Jason an e-mail and within 30 minutes, the Founder contacted me. After suffering emotionally alone for many years, I had now discovered there was reason to have hope. With the Founder's advice, strong support and creativity, the wheels were set in motion to find my son. Project Jason worked proactively and I learned to be proactive as a result. A family found my missing son and saw his Poster on Project Jason. I was then contacted with the golden news. On Mother's Day 2009, after 12 years, my son was returned home to me. I am now the Mother of a Found Son because of Project Jason.
Project Jason has helped me and my family through one of the worst times in our lives. Thanks to Kelly Jowlkoski & Duane Bowers I have found the strength to keep on with my own life. My grandfather, Floyd Price went missing over 5 years ago from Diamondhead, Mississippi.
When no one else seemed to be listening, Project Jason, not only gave me an ear but guided me in the direction that I needed. My only child, my daughter, Ashley Nicole Martin Mauldin, vanished mysteriously,reported to be in the Gulf of Mexico, 14 mi. from New Port Richey, Fl. Because my daughter was 28 and not a minor there is virtually no help in funding a search. Project Jason at least placed Ashley on a web site and made a downloadable poster. Kelly's information is invaluable. Kelly gave me a light when I felt my candle was going out. Charlotte Martin Callis, mother of Ashley Mauldin
ProjectJason.org and Kelly Jolkowski was a Godsend to me and my family. Back in January 2009 my beloved Brother, Robert was a missing person. It was and still is a horrific feeling of a loved one missing and not knowing what happened but with the help of the team of volunteers with ProjectJason.org it lessened the turmoil for us and ProjectJason organization educated us as to what steps to take and follow in order to locate our loved one. My brother has since been found (unfortunately deceased) but this non-profit organization could use all the help of volunteers and/or donations that they can get because they give all the help they can give. Please endorse ProjectJason.org and help bring light to others trauma.
My brother has been missing for two and a half years now. Our mother has Alzheimer's and there was no way in the world our brother would miss placing a phone call to Mom. He saw Mom every day when he was in Illinois. He called Mom every day when he was in California, until one day the phone calls stopped. My older sister and I have been searching for our brother ever since Feb of 2007. We never ever thought this could happen to us, but it has. We pray that we find our brother safe and sound. For the families that have never gone through having a loved one missing, it is the most horrible, grueling, haunting, tearful thing to experience. The not knowing is the worst part of it. Not knowing if he's on the streets, if someone did something to him, if he is still alive, etc. You can't imagine what goes through one's mind thinking what could have happened to our loved one. Since I heard about Project Jason, Kelly Jolkowski, mother of Jason, has been my friend. She helps me pick myself back up off the ground and to keep my focus on staying hopeful and not giving up and that I not feel guilt about what happened. Without Kelly and Project Jason, I felt so alone. I felt as if no one understood what it was like to go through this nightmare. I cry on Kelly's shoulder and even though her own son, Jason, is still missing, she never lets me down. Kelly is always there for us and helps me stay on course. God bless you, Kelly, and the whole Project Jason Organization. Without you, my sister and I would not know how to cope with this nor would we be as knowledgeable on what steps to take to progress in our search.
The emotional roller coaster ride that the families of a missing love one experience is crippling, emotionally, physically, and mentally. My daughter, Jennifer Wilkerson, has been missing since July 13, 2004, from Lubbock, Texas. From day one of this nightmare, Kelly and her professional staff has always been just a phone call or e-mail away with loving and encouraging advice. Through tears, rant and ravings, hopelessness, guilt, fear, anger, and disbelief Kelly is quick to get me back on track. Because of Project Jason, I know there is a network of angels keeping a constant eye out for our loved ones.