Project Jason

Rating: 5 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Human Services, Crime & Law

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  

I was introduced to Project Jason when my friend's daughter was missing in December 2003. She didn't have a computer so I Googled missing persons and Project Jason came up as a solution. I called Kelly and didn't expect an answer since there were thousands of missing people on her site. I didn't know Kelly, though and she called me right back and there my friend and I started the long, arduous journey only those with missing family members know. I think I was drawn to Kelly's site because her own son was missing and she sadly was learning and sharing how to deal with this awful situation. Not only has she offered families hope and education on what steps to take in this process, but she's reached out to law enforcement to aid and educate them with more diplomacy than an elder statesman.

My friend's daughter is still missing, 10 years now, but she has been empowered through Kelly and Project Jason and has in turn offered that empowerment to others in the same situation through different groups Project Jason offers. My friend and I will always be indebted to Kelly for all the support and encouragement she has given us and thousands more in the same position.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I am a professional writer and when I signed to pen a book about missing persons, I sought out Kelly and her organization, Project Jason, because I had already heard -- through the educational and law enforcement community -- that these were people whose word you could take to the bank. I found far more than a good resource for my book. Project Jason serves a community that is not only underserved, but is virtually ignored once the initial press dies down. When a family member goes missing, the family is incredibly vulnerable, hurt and rudderless. Project Jason offers something no one else can: Understanding and guidance born of the most difficult experience you can imagine. Project Jason is so worthwhile. It grew out of tragedy and has now become an oak tree against which so many weary and lost people lean. Kelly, the founder, and her advice helped make my book better and more accurate and she helps focus the spotlight on missing persons year-round. I can't imagine a more worthwhile or genuine nonprofit. Project Jason is unique and a completely unselfish effort. Without it, many people would have had no place to go for advice or help. I hope you'll recognize its value as many others have.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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When I wrote my book The Last Place You'd Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for Them (Roman & Littlefield 2011) I turned to Kelly to help guide me through the world of families and nonprofits. As a former police detective I knew the professional end of things, but Kelly knew it from a more personal point of view. She helped me see the missing and their families through the eyes of the people who have been there and done that. And Project Jason is such a blessing to those families. It's there when no one else is and expects absolutely nothing in return for its help. Project Jason is one of the finest examples of community service out there and it serves a community no one else does. Highly recommended.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I am a person that has dealt with the loss of my Brother to suicide. We were very close and it has been a nightmare. After awhile I became very lost, feeling like there was no one that really understood the horrible loss and the awful feelings that go along with a loss due to suicide. Then I found a support group for siblings that lost siblings to suicide and it really is helping. Project Jason is doing that for families of Missing Children. I cannot even begin to imagine what it's like to not know what happened to your family member or friend. Project Jason connected people that would otherwise have no one that really "got it" with others that do. Kelly and her group are INCREDIBLE.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Such a wonderful and much needed support group for families with a loved one missing!

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Project Jason works behind the scenes, never looking for accolades and, from years of following what they are doing, they have every angle covered to help families of the missing move from day one to the day they get their answers. Awesome people make up this team and they deserve to be honored for their selflessness.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I have known the founder for many years. I used to work with Kelly and recall clearly the day her son went missing. Her strength, knowledge and continued effort for the cause have helped so many families. Project Jason brings attention and hope for families with adult loved ones missing. I think it is amazing!

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Our family has lived the nightmere of "missing". This organization has reached out to so many families suffering this nightmere. Kelly has communicated with me several times and given me words of encouragement, hope and spiritual leadership. They fill the "void" for families who are stuck in this nightmere and I can think of no one who does it better. I am personally grateful for the support and I know that if I need anything...I can send an email and will aways get a response. God Bless this organization and know the "missing" are never forgotten as long as we have them supporting families.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Project Jason gives help, hope, and a voice to the families of the missing. They have helped change lives in ways they probably don't even realize. Because of Project Jason, I have become active in spreading awareness of missing persons, something I never would have done if I hadn't learned of them. Project Jason is DEFINITELY a life-changing and hope-affirming group that deserves to be recognized, honored, and most importantly, SHARED, so that they can continue to help those who need it most.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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This organization was a Godsend to me during a time of crisis when my brother, John Spira, went missing. I found support, advice, assistance and caring from people who know what it's like to experience such a life altering event. Kelly and others involved in Project Jason were able to assist me with public dissemintion of my brother's story in a variety of unique and creative ways and the organization continues to be for me a resource and a huge source of continued support and ideas. Kelly and those involved in this non profit, helped a horrible situation to be just a little easier and I'm so grateful for all they do for families with missing loved ones. Stephanie McNeil

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

Caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, creative, energetic and passionate.

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

This organization could help improve the lives of so many family members of missing persons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Kelly and Project Jason organization have been wonderful! My Mother (Mary Lee Grobe) has been missing from Poplar Bluff, MO for almost six years now. Missouri had NOTHING to help the families of the missing when this occured. We were lost on what we should do; how we could get media attention; how we could get law enforcment to investigate? Kelly helped keep her name out; provided so many suggestions and was there for us when the stresses were too intense. We love her and all the volunteers at Project Jason for the hours of selfless dedication to be the voice of the missing. Sincerely Joyce & Chris Caldwell

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

the compassion shown to families of the missing. They didn't know my loved one but they seemed to love her also.

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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