CJAMM New Day Camp Helps Children Heal after Parents’ Incarceration

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New Day Camp
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Lew McGinnis has worked as a real estate investor in Oklahoma for more than 50 years. In his free time, Lew McGinnis is actively involved in his Oklahoma community through groups and organizations such as the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM), where he serves as the finance chairman.

The mission of CJAMM is to break the generational cycle of prison by reuniting prison inmates with their families and providing care for the children of parents serving jail time. One of the ministries offered by CJAMM is New Day Camp, a place for children with one or more parents serving time.

The goal of the camp is to provide an open and accepting area where children can express their hopes and dreams freely while taking part in Bible study. The children are separated into small groups, each with an adult supervisor. In the groups, the children participate in activities such as counseling, worship, and arts and crafts.

The children also play games designed to improve self-confidence and teamwork. Outdoor activities include swimming and canoeing in Lake Texoma.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Unique Outdoor Museum in Tucson

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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An entrepreneur experienced in numerous fields, Lew McGinnis has founded several companies over the course of his career, including a car dealership and a real estate investment firm. Outside of work, Lew McGinnis has engaged with a number of civic organizations, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation, where he formerly served as director.

Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum aims to inspire individuals to live in harmony with nature through exploration of the Sonoran desert. The museum stands out with a unique presentation, with 85 percent of the museum experience occurring outdoors. Located on 98 acres in Tucson, the Desert Museum features a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden, a natural history museum, and an art gallery.

The museum’s Art Institute features gallery exhibits and art education in an effort to promote conservation. To this end, the museum also has a publishing division called ASDM Press, which has produced more than 40 guides and books on the nature, history, and culture of the Sonoran Desert. To learn more about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, visit DesertMuseum.org.

CJAMM’s Exodus Houses

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Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry
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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.

What to Look for in the Real Estate Market in 2017

 

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An accomplished entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis has built businesses in a wide range of industries, including everything from selling eggs to running an automotive dealership. Lew McGinnis currently owns and operates a large real estate investment firm in Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma.

Breaking down the economy from 2016 and its potential in 2017, some analysts anticipate that real estate could serve as the driving force for growth across the board. Here are a few ways the property market may play out this year.

1. Gradually rising prices

In 2016, housing prices increased consistently on a monthly basis. That trend should continue, but at a much slower pace in 2017. This slowing will be due in part to higher interest rates set by the Federal Reserve, which may adjust rates again this year.

2. Increasing housing supply

Along with the prices going up, the supply of homes should increase as a result of improving homebuilder sentiment. Easier access to credit has helped fuel this shift, which comes in contrast to the trend of last year, when inventory was on the decline.

3. Growth of medium-sized cities

With the economy introducing new jobs, building in many of the major cities has failed to keep up with the pace of growth. The response of builders and homebuyers has placed a new focus on smaller properties, and similar activity should pick up even further in 2017.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Combats Buffelgrass

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An experienced real estate investor and entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis is also an active philanthropist who has held numerous leadership positions in the Methodist Church and the wider community. Lew McGinnis is the former director of the Tucson Opera Company, the Pima Air Museum, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

Since its establishment in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has worked to preserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the Sonora Desert region. As part of its conservation efforts, the museum strives to prevent the spread of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), an invasive and highly flammable species that puts the area at a high risk of wildfire.

Additionally, buffelgrass competes with native species for sunlight and nutrients, which leads to potentially dwindling numbers of the iconic saguaro cactus. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum joins the Pima Association of Governments and Sky Island Alliance in raising public awareness of the problem of buffelgrass and working toward long-term solutions.

Heritage Hall of Oklahoma City – Educating the Whole Student

 

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A real estate investor with over 50 years of experience, Lew McGinnis has invested in a variety of real estate properties in the Midwest and West. Lew McGinnis also has a history of participating in community service and formerly served on the board of directors for Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

A Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1969, Heritage Hall educates some 850 students from kindergarten through high school. In addition to its robust academic curriculum, the school offers students a diverse array of athletic programs, from swimming and baseball to football and volleyball.

Also dedicated to developing students’ cultural knowledge and creativity, Heritage Hall ensures students have the opportunity to participate in visual and performing arts programming, including theater productions, instrumental and vocal music programs, and humanities courses. Sophomore and junior students can even choose to tailor their educations through the school’s Independent Studies Program (ISP), which allows students to engage in self-directed study in a variety of disciplines outside the classroom.

To learn more about Heritage Hall, visit www.heritagehall.com.

Kino School of Tucson, Arizona

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Lew McGinnis has more than five decades of experience in the real estate investment sector. Also involved in philanthropic endeavors, Lew McGinnis was one of the founders of Kino Learning Center (Kino School), a Catholic school in Arizona.

Located on 10 acres in Tucson, Arizona, Kino School dates back to 1976, when it was founded as Sacred Heart School. The school serves students from primary school through high school but doesn’t divide students into specific grade levels. For example, primary students are between 4.5 and 7 years old, and middle-level students are aged 8 through 10.

Kino School is committed to individualized educational programming, small class sizes, and a progressive education. Students at the Kino School enjoy the freedom to be involved in creating their educational experiences while learning to be responsible citizens. Dedicated to inclusion, the school welcomes students with all different ability levels and strives to make accommodations for students with academic or physical special needs.

Participation in Charitable Work Generates Happiness in Volunteers

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Lew McGinnis is the owner of a real estate investment firm he founded in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, more than 50 years ago. Outside of his work in real estate investment, Lew McGinnis has been involved in a diverse range of charitable causes, including literacy tutoring, volunteering with underprivileged children, and fundraising for hospitals.

Along with the direct positive impact that volunteer work has on people in need, becoming active in charitable initiatives also provides a collection of personal benefits for those who donate their time and effort. For example, according to a study conducted by the London School of Economics, individuals who participated in charity work were more likely to classify themselves as very happy compared to those who did not volunteer time to charitable causes.

Buoying this stronger sense of personal satisfaction is the fact that people who engage in charitable work often find themselves surrounded by other volunteers who share their values, providing them with the opportunity to interact socially and connect with others. Learning from and contributing to causes alongside like-minded individuals has the potential to lead to more genuine connections, creating a stronger sense of community and overall higher levels of contentedness.

CJAMM Helps Youth through Its New Day Camp Program

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM)

 

Lew McGinnis has worked in the field of real estate investing for more than 55 years. Alongside his professional activities, Lew McGinnis works to give back to the community through his support of organizations such as Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM), which is conducted by the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In its efforts to break the cycle of incarceration, addiction, and criminal behavior, CJAMM oversees a variety of programs for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. For youth affected by incarceration, CJAMM offers the New Day Camp, which gives children the opportunity to take part in therapeutic and recreational activities with counselors and other youth from similar backgrounds.

During the weeklong camp, participants enjoy arts and crafts activities, water sports, and therapeutic games that help promote teamwork and self-confidence. Campers also have the opportunity to make new friends and share their stories during small-group discussions with their peers.

To attend CJAMM’s New Day Camp, children must be between the ages of 8 and 14 and have at least one parent who is currently incarcerated. Each summer, CJAMM holds one session for children 8-11 and one session for children 12-14.

Preparing Real Estate Leaders at the University of Arizona

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Going only as far as the 8th grade did not prevent Lew McGinnis from eventually leading his own $400 million residential-industrial project, then the largest of its kind in Tucson, Arizona. Lew McGinnis’ real estate development achievements at one point saw him giving lectures to students at the University of Arizona (AU) to help them succeed in the real estate realm.

To develop aspiring real estate investors and developers, AU offers its Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program through the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. The MRED program is best suited for professionals who desire increased knowledge of the entire building industry as well as for those who want to become real estate developers and leaders.

The program’s focus is on private/public partnerships, sustainable cities, green building, transit-oriented development, and sustainable and responsible development. Students experience real work projects, and one group’s entry was a finalist in the 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Project. The course can be completed in three semesters and graduates have a 100 percent employment record.