Chaplain Gina Jansen is the recipient of our June Certificate of Appreciation. Chaplain Jansen has been a volunteer in detention for several years, assistant chaplain since 2012 and on April 20, 2017, became the detention chaplain.
She has been a Christian for twenty-seven years. She is a native of Villahermosa Tabasco, Mexico. Chaplain Jansen met her husband, Jerry, in church and they have been united in their sacred union for twenty-six years. They share a blended family of six children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Chaplain Jansen is a compassionate and generous person that has been a welcome addition to our detention work family. She is on an enthusiastic mission to boost the morale of the residents and our detention staff.
Chaplain Jansen recently requested a list of staff birthdates and posted it so others could recognize their co-worker’s special day. Chaplain Jansen donated her time and resources to decorate the staff breakrooms and restroom to reflect a home away from home environment with pictures featuring encouraging quotes, flowers, lamps, a microwave and a beverage station in the D commons break area.
Chaplain Jansen has been a true inspiration with her warm smile and encouraging words. She recently spent time teaching one of our high-risk behavior juveniles basic Spanish. She has invested her time and resources into the residents by teaching them how to plant seeds, nurture their sprout and wait for the plants to bloom. The analogy being, “Bloom where you are planted!” Chaplain Jansen is a woman of God who shares her faith and love of Christ with her words and her various good deeds.
Thank you, chaplain, for all that you do to make life in detention a better place.