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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)