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.
Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM)
Self-made investor Lew McGinnis rose above his humble beginnings to create a successful real estate development and management organization. His real estate investment career began with the purchase of a single apartment complex, and he ultimately expanded his business to encompass apartment communities throughout the midwestern and western United States and as far as Alaska. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. McGinnis has owned over 100,000 apartments. In the philanthropic area, his modest roots helped fuel his desire to help those in need. Involved in multiple charities, Lew McGinnis is particularly passionate about the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry. He serves as finance chairman of the organization.
Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM) was founded to help alleviate some of the burdens associated with incarceration. CJAMM focuses its efforts on both inmates and former inmates. For incarcerated individuals, CJAMM provides worship services and opportunities for relaxed meals and socialization. It also runs New Day Camp for the children of inmates. The camp provides counseling, worship services, and recreation.
To assist newly-released individuals, CJAMM runs Exodus House, which provides temporary housing for former inmates and their families for up to six months. The furnished, decorated apartments are supplied with food until the person finds employment. All items within the house are donated by the public, and the family can keep them when they leave. A case manager works with the former inmate to help him or her reacclimate into society.