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.
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.
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.
Jeanne M. Ruder
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.