“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

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a letter from richard

When it hurts...

When you only get one meal a day, when school is open.
When you live with six other children, and no father is present.
When your mother is in jail for two months and you are left alone to provide.
When you thought you could get through the “school thing,” but now find you are four years behind.
When you are being raised by your grandmother because your mother is on drugs.
When you have no energy to talk, life has taken all you have or hoped for.
When this is all, absolutely all, you have ever known, it hurts.
When the light shines, darkness shrinks.


JIFF staff know “when it hurts” and they are the best when it comes to spreading light. They accept youth for where they are at; not judging them but looking in awe at how they have managed to carry their burdens for so long.

Our staff experiences powerful moments every day. Moments of grace, moments of awakening:
• Seeing eyes light up because someone is listening.
• Hearing a young boy or girl say, “Now I understand, that makes sense.”
• Listening to a boy articulate his knowledge of art, inside the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
• Seeing a youth hug and cry on the shoulder of his JIFF Case Manager.
• Having a former JIFF graduate stop in ten years later to say,
“Thank you! You saved my life.”


Can you imagine working in a place where life is restored, where souls are saved, and miracles are spread like sunshine? Well, we do, that’s where we work. We battle darkness daily, not always winning but knowing the work must continue. Yet, miracles of sunshine are not only about those we serve. They are also about you.


You share a vision for this community. You are essential to this community. You listen, you observe, you reach out, you support and engage others to finely knit our cloth of community. Because of you JIFF can breathe, and because of you the light will continue to expand, and the hurt will be healed. Thank you for your prayers, generosity, guidance, and support.

Richard Graham
Executive Director