“The White Party”  Isaiah 61 Project –

Raised in Orchard Park and has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Theology.

For over ten years served at St. John’s Church in Lockport, NY. While there served as the Director of St. John’s Outreach Center and co-founded Lockport CARES homeless shelter and coordinated the summer REACH Workcamp Program. In 2010 left St. Johns to take the position of Executive Director of Peaceprints Prison Ministries in Buffalo, NY. In 2012 I left Peaceprints to begin the Isaiah 61 Project, Inc.; a faith-based, not-for-profit which focuses on job training for the unemployed and under-employed in living wage fields i.e. construction trades. As an extension of the job training program, abandoned homes are being rehabilitated by the students and turned into affordable, decent low/mod income housing.

The Isaiah 61 Project is a collaborative effort encompassing an array of partners they include, but are not limited to:

The city of Niagara Falls, O/N BOCES, John R. Oishei Foundation, Key Bank, H.W. Bryk & Sons, Mikelly Construction, First Niagara Bank, WNY Power Proceeds Allocation Board, Home Depot, 84 Lumber, The Chapel, Lutheran Charities, Deal Realty, Destination Life Fellowship Church, many of the local Unions, UB Law School Housing Clinic, First Assembly of God Church, Westside Ministries, Faith Tabernacle Church, Newman Electric, Woodforest Bank, Niagara Falls City School District, Highland Community Revitalization Committee, Faith Tabernacle Church, Niagara Area Foundation, M&T Bank and WorkSource One.

Jim, along with his wife Beth and five children are grateful to have the opportunity to serve in the community that they have called home for so long.

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor…Therefore, in their land they shall possess double, everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7b)