My name is Jason Counselman. I am the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Peoria, with 15 years of business and leadership experience. Shortly after my relocation to Peoria two years ago, I was asked to teach Job Partnerships at the South Side Mission. I use the financial principles and time management skills that I have learned over the years to teach the class "Stewardship of Time and Money." I am passionate about giving back to the community, providing jobs to the students that we teach, and using our God-given resources to help others.
My name is Phyllis Steindl. I have been teaching the Job Partnership program at Logan Prison in Lincoln, Illinois for one year. One year before I started teaching, I was going to the prison to pray with prisoners. I discovered that I wanted to spend more time with them talking about God's love. I have been in Bible Study for 30 years and teaching for 20. I also do Inner Healing Prayer at our church and I like to incorporate it into the teaching. My husband and I started a business 40 years ago, and I have used this experience to help the ladies in their job search. I have benefited from this a variety of ways. I love being with the women. I have been humbled by their vulnerability and their truthfulness. I feel its been a real privilege to work with ministry.
My name is Mark Putman, and I teach the Jobs Partnership curriculum at the Lake County Illinois jail. I began doing the Jobs Partnership training in January 2014. I have been doing other jail ministry since 2004 and when I heard of the Jobs Partnership program, felt it would be a great addition to the list of programs offered in the Lake County jail. I retired from FedEx in 2013 after 30 years of employment, the last 18 years as a Senior Instructor in the training department. I believe solving the difficulty of finding employment for ex-offenders is a critical component to reducing recidivism and the Jobs Partnership program is a step in that direction.
My name is Robert Roulds and I teach life skills classes. The classes are founded on Biblical principles to the prisoners at Pekin Federal Bureau of Correction through Peoria Job Partnership.
I became involved with PJP as a community outreach project back in the early 2000's as a prayer warrior, and from there it evolved to teaching the class in the prison.
I am married with three fully grown kids, six grandkids, self-employed for over twenty-five year's, a Elder at HVCF, involved with a number of ministries and love outdoor activity.
The benefit from being in PJP has been drawing closer to God through instructing the class, and building new relationships with the people that I have come in contact with by being in the program.
My name is David Worsfold. I am teaching at Pontiac State Prison. I have been involved with the program for 5 years after retiring from Mitsubishi Motor Mfg in Bloomington Normal Illinois.
When Cheryl Parks asked if I would consider joining the program I wanted to decline. I am not a teacher. After much prayer and prodding from the Holy Spirit I accepted the offer.
I have been able to pass on to others what God has given me, to make disciples of all people. I have also had the privilege of meeting many people and making good friends.
My name is Lee Ware. I assist Charles Keeton. We teach a twelve week course on the whole person of man, spirit, soul and body. I have been involved with Jobs Partnership for about 2 years at the Canton facility. I am one of twelve siblings and have been serving the Lord for over 30 years, singing and preaching God's word. I am married to Brenda Ware and we have four sons and three grandchildren. We have a baking business called The Cookie Shack. I am very excited being a part of Jobs Partnership it has helped me to be able to minister God's word to young men who need to know that Jesus is the way and answer for all their situations.
Hello my name is Rod Fortner and I am a teacher with Jobs Partnership. I am currently teaching at the Federal Correctional Institution - Pekin, IL Camp.
I have been involved since February 2012. I had previously volunteered for a year or so as a mentor for men who were recently released from prison. Cheryl asked if I would be interested in teaching classing at the Pekin FCI given my established history in the prision.
I am a member of Heaven's View Christian Fellowship church, with Cheryl Parks who is the Director of Jobs Partnership. Currently I am a IT Analyst at Caterpillar. I have been in the IT field for over 25 years. Prior to IT I was an Electrical Design Draftsman for 15 years and in between these two careers I drove a semi over-the-road for 5 years.
I benefit from knowing that what we are doing is not only helping the men when they return to society but also sharing with them that there are organizations that are willing to help and even more important, there's a God who created and cares for them and if they believe in Him and ask, He will bless them with a hope and a future beyond their wildest dreams! (Jeremiah 29:11)
Pastor Dion Crites Sr.
Hello, my name is Pastor Dion Crites Sr. I am a full-time Pastor of Word and Spirit Worship Center located in Springfield, IL. I am the husband to Lisa Crites and father to Dion D. Crites Jr and Brie N. Crites. I also am the Grandfather toTyana Crites Dion the 3rd Crites,Zion Crites, and Kyree Crites.
Retired after 30yrs with the Illinois Department of Correction.
Lisa Crites is the First Lady of Word and Spirit Worship Center. Lisa serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor, For Ladies Only Ministry and Marriage Ministry. She is currently attending Life Christian University and working toward a Bachelors in a Theology. Also, Lisa volunteers at Decatur Correctional Center and Memorial Hospice Care. Her greatest joy is helping people purse their dreams.
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