A happy childhood is a blessing God intended for all His children.

The James Project is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) ministry that provides homes and support to fostering families in the Springfield, Illinois community. We rely solely on private funding from individuals, churches, corporations and foundations, and are very grateful to those who support us.  Your financial donation is tax deductible, so please let us know if you require a receipt.

Please help us place foster children in a secure, loving James Project Foster Home.

We buy homes with plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. We rent them for $1 a year to carefully vetted foster parents who parent a large foster family. We provide the home- they provide the love and security. When we retire this mortgage, we will pursue our next home!! We have good foster parents waiting, and many children waiting for safe, nurturing homes in which to enjoy the childhood that all children should have.  To help, you can donate directly to our PayPal account.


You don't have to live next door to a James Project home to be a Neighbor.  A Neighbor can be someone who checks in on you, looks out for your best interests, and lends a helping hand.  So…….. we designate individuals, businesses and churches who give $1000 or more throughout the course of a year as a Neighbor.  Our neighbors are very important to us because propel the ministry onward and make it possible for us to pay down the mortgage on a current home.

It is part of our stated policy to retire the mortgage on all previous homes before the next home can be purchased.  To date we have paid off our first three mortgages and are working to retire the mortgage on our fourth home, purchased last October.  By becoming a member of The JP Neighborhood, you help us to fulfill  more quickly our primary mission of providing homes and support for Christian foster families and the children they care for.

To make a donation, click here:

Church Partnerships 

The James Project receives regular support throughout the year from a variety of churches.  Some examples of how churches partner with us include:

  • Cherry Hills Baptist and Lakeside Christian give regular financial support throughout the year. 
  • Central Baptist Church is a faithful supporter of the Meal Ministry and provides a drop-off service for Closet 1:27 donations as well as creatively implemented Undie Sunday each year to collect much needed socks and underwear for Closet 1:27
  • Sunday school classes at West Side Christian Church and First United Methodist Church regularly support The James Project through various collection projects for Closet 1:27.
  • Hope Presbyterian, Laurel Methodist, St. John’s Preschool, Chatham Christian, Edinburg Christian, First Christian Church of Springfield, and Parkway Christian have assisted with everything from home projects to direct help for the foster families.

These types of church partnerships are such significant blessings as we plan for the future.  If your church would like to partner with The James Project, please contact us.

The dollars you spend shopping can lead to supporting The James Project!  Amazon.com offers a reward program called AmazonSmile.  Instead of visiting amazon.com, log onto http://smile.amazon.com/ and you will be able to choose your charitable recipient.  Please select “James Project, Inc. in Pawnee, IL” as that was our address when we were first founded.  Almost everything offered through Amazon is available on AmazonSmile, so as you shop for gifts, clothing, household items, and just about anything else, remember to shop AmazonSmile as 0.5% of your total purchase goes back to TJP.  While this may not seem like a lot, every dollar goes directly towards helping more fostering families.

Schnucks grocery store participates in the eScrip program, where 3% of your total purchase can go towards The James Project.  To sign-up, visit the service desk at Schnucks and ask for a membership card.  You can also register the card through www.eScrip.com.  Our group number is: 500044106.

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We are not all called to become a foster parent, but we are called to do what we can—and, we can all do something.

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