"It starts as a program and ends up a lifestyle."
Our whole purpose at Jumpstart Ministries is to help men with drug and alcohol addictions to turn their lives around by pointing them to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We believe that no matter how far a person may go down the wrong road, with Christ, anything is possible.
How The Ministry Began
Jumpstart Ministries was started because of the growing need to help those involved in drug and alcohol abuse. When the drug addict and alcoholic are caught, convicted and sentenced to jail, only a small percentage are truly helped by this experience. Prison life is intended to rehabilitate criminals, instead quite the opposite occurrs and those jailed actually learn how to become better criminals.
Ray Brandon, Jumpstart Ministries' founder and director, recognized the crucial need to help those trapped in their life-styles of addictions. And having worked in the Arkansas corrections field for many years, Ray has seen first hand what happens to those that end up in the prison system. He was moved to act by a strong calling to minister hope and purpose to these men and their families. Jumpstart Ministries began out of the home of Ray, and his wife Becky, by taking in and discipling just one addict seeking a lasting change.
We currently have three program facilities in Arkansas the locations are: Jumpstart Ministries - O'Kean housing men who first enter the program, Jumpstart Ministries - Walnut Ridge our transitional (half way) house and Jumpstart Ministries - Poughkeepsie also know as the Farm. Walnut Ridge is also the location of our office at 402 W. Main. opened Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
About The Program
Jumpstart a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that is a Christ-centered, long-term residential program that provides a safe and clean environment where our participants can experience steady progress and learn God's great plan for their lives. Jumpstart Ministries, Inc. is also DCC approved as a Transitional Housing facility. The DCC transitional housing program provides housing for offenders who have been transfered or paroled from the Arkansas Community Correction by the Parole Board or has been placed on probation by a circuit or district court. Our program, although, is open to anyone who is willing to make a commitment for change. Jumpstart Ministries is primarily self-funded by our residents with various construction projects throughout the community. We greatly appreciate any and all donations of others, without them we would not, nor could not exist. Our work program is multifunctional by instilling and honing skills, creating solid work ethics and opening doors for employment once our men graduate the program. This unique aspect of our program enables us to offer hope and help to those who need it most, those who otherwise could not be accepted into a rehab program by lack of financial means.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." JEREMIAH 29:11
We believe God has called us all to a purpose and we allow Him to do all the work. Jumpstart ministries helps to integrate our residents back into society so that they can live drug-free and successful lives, We also try to help restore broken relationships so that the participants can have a great support system upon completion of the program. Family is an important part of their success, yet, a relationship with God is the number one focus.
Our efforts are concentrated on two things, freedom from drug and alcohol abuse and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Drug and alcohol abuse have become two of the biggest problems facing society today, it consumes over a million people a year. There is no age limit to substance abuse and without God's help and guidance we cannot prevail. Thankfully, there are no situations too difficult that God cannot intervene - no life too lost that cannot be saved.
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