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 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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