Topeka

Topeka JUMP

Topeka Justice, Unity, and Ministry Project

Background

What is Topeka JUMP?

The Topeka Justice, Unity, & Ministry Project (Topeka JUMP) is a congregation-based justice ministry organization that brings together congregations in Topeka/Shawnee County to provide a powerful vehicle for marginalized groups to fight for justice. We develop the leadership of people of faith by engaging them in processes to identify the problems the organization will act on, conducting research, negotiating with public officials to pursue systematic change through local policy and funding changes, and building people power to influence officials to take action.

Current Membership

Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ
Asbury Mt. Olive UMC
Berryton UMC
Central Congregational Church
Countryside UMC
El Shaddai Ministries Community Church
Fellowship Bible Church
First Baptist Church
First Congregational Church
Gethsemane Worship Center
Grace Episcopal Cathedral
In God’s House
Inward Faith Outreach Ministries
Lowman UMC
Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church
New Hope and Love Community Church
New Hope Community Baptist Church
New Life Baptist Church
New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist
Southern Hills Mennonite Church
Susanna Wesley United M
Tecumseh UMC
Temple Beth Sholom
Topeka First UMC
Trinity Presbyterian Church
University UMC
Westminster Presbyterian Church

About Topeka JUMP

Staff

Lead Organizer: Shanae’ Calhoun
topeka.jump@gmail.com

Associate Organizer: Madison Sorsen

Contact

www.TopekaJUMP.com

3033 SW MacVicar St.
Topeka, KS 66611

(785) 783-3721

What we do

Our Impact

Learn more about our impact in Topeka below.

Education

In USD 501 Topeka Public schools, thousands of students were falling through the cracks because they did not have access to wrap around services to ensure their success in the classroom. JUMP challenged the Superintendent to expand a program called Communities in Schools (CIS). As a result, in 2015 1,000 more students had access to CIS and were more successful in the classroom.

Transportation

In 2017, our public transportation system was inadequate for workforce needs. So, we implored Topeka Metro to make a plan to expand public transit to major employers outside the city limits. This partnership created the SOTO and NETO pilot programs launched in 2018. SOTO and NETO gave 26,360 rides by the end of 2019. We’ve won funding for the programs annually since 2018.

Mental Health

Many incarcerated people struggle with a mental health diagnosis. Employment is critical to recovery when someone is released from jail. In 2016 and 2017, The Shawnee County commission restored $300,000 in budget cuts to mental health services.

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