TOPEKA JUMP

Topeka Justice and Unity Ministry Project

Background

The Topeka Justice Unity & Ministry Project (Topeka JUMP) is a congregation-based justice ministry organization that brings together religious congregations in the Topeka/Shawnee County area to do justice. In contrast to charities or direct service organizations, Topeka JUMP seeks improvements to systems (e.g., school system, criminal justice system, etc.). Unlike advocacy organizations, Topeka JUMP trains religious leaders to determine the issues that the organization will act on and empowers its members to speak on their own behalf. Topeka JUMP is also unique in its mission to regularly produce large and growing numbers of organized people to Nehemiah Assemblies where solutions to crucial community problems are brought forward and negotiated with appropriate officials. By marshalling this form of people-based power, Topeka JUMP expects to make systemic improvements in the county that are long-term and sustainable.

Accomplishments

In its first year of operation, Justice Matters has achieved:

JUMP gathered 1,021 people to challenge Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford to expand wrap around services for 5,000 at-risk students in USD 501 who are living in poverty and in need of intervention for dropout prevention. In just one year, as a result of our push to increase resources in USD 501, 201 students received case management services that improved their school performance and 1,221 students received school-wide services addressing gaps in social services, tutoring, and mentorship.

MENTAL HEALTH (2015)

JUMP gathered 620 people to challenge the Shawnee County Commission to raise preventative mental health treatment through evidence-based practices as a priority in Shawnee County, Kansas. With the support of the County Commission, we are pressing our local community mental health center to expand a program that uses evidence-based Supported Employment to help people with mental illness locate jobs that match their strengths and interests while providing support for employers in order to maintain job security.   Employment is a significant component of successful treatment plans that lead to recovery rather than crisis.

Current Membership (18)

  • Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ
  • Asbury Mt. Olive UMC
  • Central Congregational UCC
  • El Shaddai Ministries
  • First Baptist
  • Gethsemane Worship Center
  • In God’s House
  • Inward Faith Outreach Ministries
  • Lowman UMC
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Most Pure Heart of Mary
  • New Mt. Zion MBC
  • Southwest Baptist
  • Southern Hills Mennonite
  • Tecumseh UMC
  • Trinity Presbyterian
  • Westminster Presbyterian
  • Westside Baptist

Contact Us

1248 SW Buchanan St.
Topeka, KS 66604
Tel. (785) 783-3721
topeka.jump@gmail.com
www.topekajump.weebly.com

Shanae’ M. Elem
Lead Organizer