Jamaica Job Skill Training
Providing housing and on-the-job training for young adults.
Plans to Give You Hope and A Future
Jamaican Job Skill Training
Who Are We at Halfway Home Ministries?
Halfway Home Ministries was started by Ron Nelson after years of mission trips to Jamaica’s children’s homes (orphanage).
With work in these children’s homes I quickly realized that many of these kids were at risk when they turn18 because they must leave the home. If they did not score high enough in high school to advance to college or technical college, they are left to live on their own.
I decided I wanted to help these young men and women teaching them skills we new how to do and pass on to them to become successful in life.
I want everyone to have an opportunity to better their lives with good jobs, so that they can contribute to their community and country.
Halfway Home Ministries also want these young adults to understand what it means to be a family and to experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Schooling: auto mechanic, plumber and business management
Certificate from American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) on safety training and root cause analysis
Owned a Handyman service company for 3yrs Goodland services.
Supervisor in mine maintenance, Equipment trainer for 5 yrs.
Had a horticulture license in Minnesota
Spent 6 yrs. of Jamaican mission trips doing build and maintenance repairs in the children’s homes.
With my previous experience as a teacher at the Kindergarten level for over 5 years has proven this fact. Despite a child’s educational development and growth, a Christian education is what I had to incorporate daily into my teaching lessons in order to promote a healthy classroom environment with good results and conduct from children.
Hence, from there my journey had expanded where I resigned from my posting as a teacher and started to do full time children’s ministry in association with my local assembly in Kingston.
My daily assignment from there would be to set schedules with schools within my community with their approval. I started to conduct devotional exercises, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with children.
Dornett and Her Son Danial
From there God has been just using me even more and began to expand me which has allowed me to gain approval in other schools, not just in my community anymore but across the country of Jamaica.
Now, here I am with Half a Way home ministry, focused with the same goal and vision to go into the world and deliver the message of the gospel that Jesus saves. I see this as a great opportunity to expand even more and reach a wider span of children, youths and people.
Danielle Straka has her Masters in Social Work and served as Onsite Director at Robin’s Nest Children’s Home before beginning to foster her teenage son.
She now lives in Negril and formed her own business in which she works remotely as a virtual assistant.
She is also an Adoption Case Manager for A Family In Bloom Adoption, serving their families adopting from the Caribbean.
Danielle has a passion for Christ and for providing youth with opportunities for healing from childhood trauma and the support to go into a stable and healthy adulthood.
He is a young man that grew up in the children’s homes that we worked on 6 years ago.
He now comes on mission trips to the children’s homes with us and is like a son to us.