JUMPSTART North Carolina just launched in May of 2022.  We are new.  Jumpstart as an organization, however, has a proven process and programming which started back in 2008 in South Carolina.  That is our model to follow.

To help visitors to our North Carolina page understand “where we are headed” in NC, at times you will read about aspects of the JUMPSTART Program as it exists today in South Carolina.  The 40-week “inside” program you will read about is up and running in one prison in NC.  There are 55 prisons in our state, so we have a massive opportunity to serve more people and break the back of recidivism.  By contrast, the “outside” program you will read about will take time to develop and implement.

You will note as a state chapter we share the same Mission, Vision, Values and Keys to Success as JUMPSTART in South Carolina.

We thank you for your support and prayers to help us get there in North Carolina!

The Back Story

A small group of volunteers, with the support of the Tyger River Correctional Institution’s chaplain, began ministering to the inmates at Tyger River in South Carolina. This group consisted mostly of retired men and women who went into the prison during the normal work-day. Two of our founding members worked night-time vocational jobs (one in janitorial office work and the other in pizza delivery) to support themselves and their families so they could answer God’s calling on their lives– Prison Ministry. These men along with their wives met together to talk through their “calling”, the challenges/struggles which were primarily financial. They discussed how the three of them might partner in the mission of “setting the captives free,” and the vision of JUMPSTART was born.


Today, more than 150 volunteers each week serve the needs of those in numerous prison locations. Our leadership team and staff work tirelessly to bring hope to those in prison who have often given up. The responses we see every week inspire us to do more. And that’s exactly what we are doing. The JUMPSTART story continues to deepen and the lives we are reaching are being transformed by God’s grace.

How Can You Help?

Board of Directors

Erica Shoe
Erica ShoeMooresville, NC
Ed Troha
Ed TrohaRaleigh, NC
Vice Chair
Cathy Robertson
Cathy RobertsonLexington, NC
Housing Committee Chair
Leah Wheeler
Leah WheelerWinston-Salem, NC
Social Media & Volunteer Relations
Keith Wheeler
Keith WheelerWinston-Salem, NC
Rob Whitner
Rob WhitnerGoldsboro, NC
Tommy Moore
Tommy MooreSpartanburg, SC

Strategic Advisors to the Leadership Council

Patrick Coughlin
Patrick CoughlinCharlotte, NC
Strategic Advisor
Quintin Quinn
Quintin QuinnCary, NC
Strategic Advisor