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Project Jason

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

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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Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Jason has been a huge support to my family through such an UN imaginable experience. They're consultative, and knowledgeable about an unfortunate party of life. They helped me prioritize and start my search as well as provided resources along the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Jason reached out to my family when my sister, Yolanda Bindics went missing in August 2004. Ms. Kelly Murphy brought awareness to my sister's case and did it graciously without any expectations of anything in return from my family. She comforted and supported my family during the disappearance and location of my sister. She wrote a beautiful story in her blog describing mine and Yolanda's relationship and requested that the public contact the Delilah show and request "Somewhere Out There" to be played on the radio in honor of Yolanda's birthday. Many responded to her request and the song was played.

Jeanne27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an advocate for the missing, I have referred family members to, The Jason Project, since 2006. Often, family members have questions, as do I. Ms. Kelly Murphy goes above and beyond to help everyone she can, answering questions, providing referrals, and researching on behalf of the missing. She seems to be available nearly twenty four hours a day. I don't know how she does it. From the ashes of the most painful of tragedies, her dear son having gone missing, she and The Jason Project, arose to help and support families of the missing. One day, I may ask this most excellent organization if I might have the privilege of volunteering for their cause.

Most Sincerely,

Jeanne M. Ruder

opiesdad

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Jesse disappeared in Chicago in Nov. 2006. We were lost and had no one to talk to about our situation; police were polite but not very understanding. We found Kelly and Project Jason online. She helped us get grounded and to deal with our loss. She had knowledge, and offered personal support as only the parent of a missing child can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It would be difficult to say how much project jason has meant to us. The personal friendships, the awareness events. Counseling and support through the project jason retreat. When our Jesse disappeared the first real ray of hope for us came when we stumbled upon Project Jason on the internet. We were connected to other famillies with missing, given assistance in our quest to locate Jesse, and introduced to so many resources that every family with a missing needs. We had no idea just what we should be doing until Project Jason came to our rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mother of a missing son for 23 years Robert Pillsen-Rahier. Jason Project has been the most supportive to me and our family. We just attended a retreat"Keys to Healing" that gave us information that is helping us to heal, stay and stand strong and gave us a renewed hope. It was wonderful to be around other families of missing who "get it". Kelly is so knowledgeable and has so much information that helps us all in our search. The organization makes and shares our posters of our missing telling the story on each one so other will know the circumstances. I thank God so much for Kelly and her team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the sister of a missing person and I was very fortunate to have found Project Jason many years ago. Kelly Jolkowski and this Great organization, have helped me and so many others who struggle with the day by day challenges of being the family member of a missing and/or murdered loved one.

I am truly grateful for all the caring support and assistance I have received from this organization and I am thankful that they are on my side. Project Jason brings light to a darkened world and hope for the hurting. Thank you to Kelly and Project Jason for all you do and for keeping up the Good Fight!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Jason has helped my family cope with my sister Laurie Partridge abduction by promoting her story and helping us keep her story alive in the hope that we will get answers someday! We are so very Grateful for their efforts and support! Project Jason helps many families daily who are dealing with abducted, missing and murdered family members and there are not enough words to express the important contributions this organization gives especially at a time when people are in shock and have difficulty knowing how to go about daily life when such a tragedy happens! Thank you Project Jason

1 Carole Moore

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I could spend allllllll day talking about how much I love Kelly and her group of volunteers. This woman is smart, loving, devoted and all while working full time and searching for her own missing son. The services offered are amazing. When you first start out in the world of missing persons, its really hard. But you are focused on the physicalities. Not the emotional impact. Project Jason not only works to increase awareness to prevent missing persons, but they take care of your heart while it's all going down. Absolutely invaluable organization and like I said, I could go on all day. Amazing!

Patty11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kelly Jolkowski has committed her life to help the families of the missing. She has first hand experience of this herself with her missing son Jason. Instead of folding under the grief she has become a leader in assistance and advocacy for the families of missing persons. Project Jason offers compassion and resources for those families. Every year they held a retreat for those families also.

Ceecee G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Jason has opened my eyes to missing persons. It has showed me that people will never forget those who disappear no matter how long they are gone. It has taught me that we all need to care about each other. It also has shown me that these people are neglected in our society and that more needs to be done to bring them home. Thank you Jason's Project.

Maureen R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I thought I was out there experiencing having a loved one missing on my own, experiencing having an adult loved one missing and all that entails, battling, being let down, not understanding, trying to figure it all out as if it was me against the world at that point Project Jason entered my life. Project Jason entered my life with support and sound resources and advice and friendship. Now as I advocate for other families of the missing I refer all families to Project Jason. There is no better organization out there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Jason assisted me when my husband was missing for 4 years and they have supported me even after I received my answer. For an adult that is missing their families have few places to turn to for professional support so I felt very blessed to find Project Jason. I have attended all of their Keys to Healing Retreat that they put on every summer. It is an amazing experience filled with sound advice and tools to help the families cope. I now advocate for the families of the missing and I always steer them to Project Jason...it is one of very few missing person organizations that I recommend to any of the families. ~ Maureen Reintjes, NamUs Advocate - Kansas

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 LionelandJennifer J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My father went missing in 2009. ProjectJason has offered their services to me on several different levels. These services have helped me make it from day to day. Not only do they help bring my dads case awareness, but they have also helped me personally. They are always there to listen and support you through this tough process. If there's an area they are not able to provide help in they always have the right resources to get you what you need. All of this is done free of charge. Kelly is truly my hero at this stage in my life. What she has done for me and others in my position is truly remarkable!

Denise22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my fifth year as a volunteer for Project Jason.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kelly and this organization were the first to reach out to us when our daughter went missing. the support, prayers and kindness were a very big part of our tragic journey and have continued to be a source we return to and pass along to others in need. Thank you Kelly and thank God for you. We are keeping youand your family in our prayers. Tami Keenan

Missing I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Leanne W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lori26

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Jason and Kelly tried to help me when my local police offered no assistance when I tried to find my mentally ill adult brother. She has also offered guidance in my attempts to get Missing Persons Legislation passed in the state of Pennsylvania. Project Jason will listen when no one else will. They provide an invaluable service to the families of the missing.

1 Sheryl7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Jason does a remarkable job for the missing. As a former America's Most Wanted producer who's become close to many cases (one in particular), I am grateful for Project Jason and their dedication to the missing. It takes a special kind of heart and dedication to spend one's life helping victims and their family members. Project Jason is to be commended for their outreach and assistance. They provide a service that's literally life-saving.

Rick16

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Beverly8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kathy_Baker

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Michael86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the chance to do some writing for and about Project Jason and have come to know Kelly through emails and phone calls. I've never gone through what she and so many others have gone through and I hope I never do. But that doesn't stop me from caring and wanting to help when possible. And it doesn't stop me from feeling their pain and anguish at a missing loved one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Kelly Jolkowski through the Project Jason website approximately a year ago as my nephew, Ben Roseland disappeared from Clinton, Iowa at the age of nineteen on February 9th, 2008. Kelly has helped guide me through so many different facets of having a missing loved one. One of our first conversations she stayed up very late to help me submit Ben's story in the trucking magazine Truck Job Seekers with the wonderful "18 Wheel Angels"featuring Ben's story. Kelly's organization has also assisted me in many different steps of organizing fund raisers, public awareness, and SAR procedures. I am SURE I am leaving out many other things this great organizations has assisted my family in, those were just to name a few. I would advise anyone who has a missing loved one to contact Project Jason as it has been a Godsend to me and Kelly, it's leading angel. Thanks so much for your time. Very Sincerely, Julie Connell, Aunt to Benjamin Malvin Roseland

1 elshamissingsince2004

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.