Organizational goals include:
*Provide inmates with spiritual guidance and support
*Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
*Encourage the inmate to grow in Christ
*Help bridge the gap between the returning citizen, their family and a local church
*Assist and help in practical ways, to encourage and help returning citizens in a positive spiritual journey with Jesus Christ
*Provide a ministry of presence and support to law enforcement.
A brief history of the organization starting with most current:
2014 Project HOME, accountability housing for six men was integrated into Jail Chaplains. The ministry now is involved in a continuum of care; pre-release, post-release and re-entry into the community.
Additions to the faith based programs offered at the Cass County Jail include Art and Journaling.
2013 Gerri Leach became the first full time Executive Director for Jail Chaplains. Pastor Curt Frankhauser retired after 33 years as Chaplain for the Cass County Sheriff's Office and part time Executive Director of Jail Chaplains.
2012 three new programs were added; Knitting, Dad's In Touch and Anger Management. Additional programs available through our ministry for the inmates include; Mom's In Touch, Celebrate Recovery, ALPHA, Bible studies and church services.
Gerri Leach joined Jail Chaplains in May and was mentored by Pastor Curt through December, 2012. This transition period provided a strong foundation for the ministry going forward.
2009 brought growth and maturity to the organization when Debbie Trombley was hired as a part-time Development Director. Her main responsibilities included orchestrating various events, fundraising activities and community awareness on behalf of the organization.
Chaplain Mike Sonju was appointed Spiritual Life Coordinator by Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney. This position is responsible for coordinating all faith-based programs for the Cass County Jail. Funding for this role is provided by the POJCA.
2007 The POJCA board saw the need to have a full time chaplain providing a daily ministry prescence to the inmates, their families and the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Mike Sonju was hired to be the full time chaplain. Chaplain Mike, along with other part-time chaplains and volunteers provided a wide range of Christian faith-based programs for both men and women inmates. Pastor Curt continued to serve as part time Executive Director.
2006 Sheriff Paul Laney was elected in November. His desire was to not just warehouse inmates. He often is quoted as saying, "We are going to give the men and women passing through our facility every opportunity to leave here healthier than they arrived." POJC was honored to partner with Sheriff Laney on his vision.
A Board of Directors was established with the help of five men with various professional backgrounds to begin the organization called Peace Officer/Jail Chaplains Association. In May, the POJCA received non-profit status from the IRS to receive donations. The inmate population, within Cass County, continued to grow with a daily population ranging from 150-230 inmates.
1979, In December, Cass County Sheriff Don Rudnick appointed Pastor Curt Frankhauser as a volunteer chaplain for the department. Throughout the years, Chaplain Frankhauser has provided support to many law enforcement agencies within the surrounding communities. Chaplain Frankhauser began by helping deputies make death notifications and provide ministry to Cass County Jail inmates.