Jim has worked with at-risk youth for over 10 years, working as Probation Officer and later as Executive Director of Placerville Runaway and Youth Services. Over the ensuing 37 years Jim became involved in homebuilding, development and real estate brokerage. In the 1990’s, Jim put together a team and created El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. which set about building homes under the national charter of Habitat for Humanity. While involved in this effort Jim learned about numerous homeless women with children who were living out of cars and tents in the woods who otherwise were unable to find emergency housing. Jim approached Green Valley Community Church, a team was assembled and the Hope House was created that offered an 18 month live-in program allowing homeless women and their children to turn their lives around through counseling, job guidance, continuing education, financial counseling, Christian studies and improved child raising skills in a safe and loving environment. The program has been highly successful.
Jim’s heart has always been for children and approximately 20 years ago he became deeply involved in Compassion International. Through his work and presentations at various churches in the region, he has been instrumental in finding sponsors for over 2,000 children, worked with clean water programs and helped with efforts to open Child Survival Projects in Haiti. Much of this work has been made possible because of Jim’s relationship with Pastor Ken Burkey, currently Executive Director of Live 58 and former pastor of Green Valley Community Church.