Roots Effort Launched to Decrease Homeless Population
= February 16, 2005, 8:24 pm
Author = Kelly Jolkowski, Project Jason
Industry = Non
Summary = When one woman’s son became missing, she looked
for him in the faces of the homeless. Even though it seemed inconceivable
that she would find
him among the thousands upon thousands of faces, it was not impossible
that other missing persons might be found.
Body = Omaha, NE: February 18, 2005--Come Home is a new and unique
national missing person's locator program sponsored by nonprofit
organization Project Jason.
which assists families of the missing, was founded by Kelly Jolkowski,
the mother of missing young adult Jason Jolkowski, of Omaha.
There are an
estimated 3.5 million people in the United States who experience
homelessness each year. People may become homeless for varied reasons,
which include mental illness, addictions, domestic abuse, poverty,
trauma, and lack of affordable housing.
mission statement includes creating and increasing public awareness
of missing persons. With an estimated 850,000 new cases per year,
it remains a
challenge to find avenues to reach all facets of society in an effort
to locate missing persons. It is not known how many of the homeless
may be reported missing persons, but it is a certainty that many
In order to
reach this segment of the population, the Come Home program was
created. The bi-monthly Come Home poster will feature all of the
necessary data and contact
information about a selected missing person. It will also include
a personal message to the missing person from their family. They
simply want their loved one to Come Home.
Come Home posters
are placed at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other locations
where homeless persons gather. Project Jason has a growing database
of participating shelters and related organizations nationwide.
Twice per month, a new poster is produced and this information relayed
via email to Come Home participants nationwide. A link to download
and print the poster is available on the Project
Jason website, and can also be accessed by the public.
believes that working together with the nationwide participants,
the Come Home program will help decrease the numbers of missing
persons and of the
homeless. Somewhere, someone loves them and wants them to Come Home.
A press conference is being held at 1:15pm on Friday, February 18th
at the Siena/Francis House homeless shelter in Omaha, NE to announce
the roll-out of the Come Home program. Local media may be contacted
for assistance with footage of the conference.
information about the program, please email
ComeHome@projectjason.org, or call Kelly Jolkowski at 402-932-0095.
The Come Home
website is located at http://www.projectjason.org/comehome.html
Web Site = http://www.projectjason.org
= Kelly Jolkowski
P.O. Box 3035
Omaha, NE, 68103
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