Doris & Dave Jasperson
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Doris and Dave Jasperson serve in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a city of 8,500 which serves as the shopping, industrial, educational, and medical hub for the surrounding rural communities.
In 2015, when Dave and Doris took on the task of renovating a badly damaged old house, they realized they were being called to turn this restored house into a place of restoration for those in the community. Having worked with those involved in the justice system since 2012, Doris recognized a large gap in services for the emotional and spiritual needs of those trying to turn their lives around. The Jaspersons named this place of education and ministry The Gap.
Doris explains, "God has given me the passion to teach and care for individuals involved in the justice system who want a better life and are willing to make changes to make that happen. By developing relationships and giving them tools, we motiviate and encourage them to make positive changes, as well as repairing and restoring broken relationships. It is a privilege and a joy to introduce them to God's kindness, mercy, and grace in the process."
Doris works with participants of Drug Court teaching cognitive/behavior classes and building supportive relationships as they work to live a clean, sober, and productive life. Fist time/low-risk offenders referred from the Department of Corrections go through Offender Accountability Sessions with Doris to learn the impact of their criminal behavior on their families and the community. A number of faith-based support groups meet at The Gap during the week as well. Together, Dave and Doris run Regroup, a Bible study/support group for those who have recently been released from incarceration and for those who need to develop safe, sober, supportive relationships in the home-like atmosphere of The Gap.
The Jaspersons opened the doors of The Gap in July 2016 and have served as InFaith field staff since January 2017.
Doris was a registered nurse for twenty-five years before going back to school for Christian counseling. She has worked with low to high-risk offenders since 2012 doing victim-offender conferencing and teaching cognitive-based curriculum.
Before the Jaspersons joined InFaith, Dave owned his own business, Property Care & Repair, maintaining and repairing seniors’ homes and properties.