Remembering Pastor Jerome Smith, founder of The Joseph Project

MILWAUKEE — Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Appreciation Church of God and leader of The Joseph Job died recently. According to the medical inspector, Pastor Smith passed away due to COVID-19 issues in addition to some other contributing elements. He was 49 years of ages.

Smith’s tradition will survive on in the numerous individuals he mentored through The Joseph Job, which assists previously incarcerated individuals discover tasks.

Pastor Jerome Smith

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Pastor Jerome Smith

Chelcee Winters-Crawford is a graduate of the program.

“It was hopeful,” Winters-Crawford stated of The Joseph Job. “I had doubts about the situation I was in being incarcerated and the charges and everything. I was concerned.”

She has actually been working as a quality assurance specialist at Denali Ingredients for simply over 3 years, a job she got with assistance from Pastor Smith’s work.

Winters-Crawford stated she was distressed to find out the pastor passed away recently.

“I just really hope somebody lives on in his legacy to finish up the community building he was starting. I just hope that somebody is willing enough, like he was, to reach out to people and help them become successful,” she stated. “He was just there, he was supportive, he was a good person. He helped me a lot.”

Chelcee Winters-Crawford

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Chelcee Winters-Crawford

Paul Kortman, the Director of Person Resources at Denali Ingredients, stated the business began working with the Joseph Job about 4 years back. Denali presently uses 19 individuals who went through the program. Kortman stated numerous individuals have actually gained from the work Pastor Smith did.

“Pastor Smith had a huge heart for people. His whole concern was taking care of his people. He would do whatever he could to make these people successful. That was his heart,” Kortman stated.

Funeral services for Pastor Jerome Smith are prepared for Saturday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.