Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor and lifelong entrepreneur, traces his success to his early teenage years when he began collecting and refurbishing produce boxes. At the age of 16, he sold his business and began a life of investing in real estate and other ventures. Lew McGinnis has volunteered his time and expertise at a large number of charitable organizations and currently is the finance chairman of the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM), an outreach of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church.
People recently released from the prison system face enormous challenges. As they attempt to reintegrate into society, many experience difficulties finding jobs and housing. They also often face ongoing legal struggles and barriers to securing reliable transportation.
CJAMM works diligently to help people overcome these challenges and break the cycle of prison, addiction, and criminal behavior. CJAMM provides basic housing, operating two Exodus House projects.
At an Exodus House facility, newly released individuals can live in fully furnished apartments for six months while they secure employment and adjust to their new lives. The Exodus House staff helps residents reunite with their families and cope with common problems.