Jessie’s World

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Volunteer at a fundraising event for Jessie’s World.
  • Sign Up for the Kroger Community Rewards Program and specify Jessie’s World as your nonprofit organization of choice.

Who can help: Anyone!

Host a Fundraising Event


Hold a bake sale, movie night, or lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to Jessie’s World.

Who can help: Anyone!

Run a Collection Drive


Ask you neighbors, friends, and classmates to donate money to Jessie’s World.  All money donated helps women get back on their feet after a struggle with addiction or time in prison.

Who can help: Anyone!

Support an Fundraising Event


Volunteer to help set-up, clean or perform general duties at one of the many fundraising events held to support Jessie’s World. 

Who can help: Anyone!


Conduct a Social Media Campaign


Get the word out on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook about the good work Jessie’s World is doing.

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact Jessie’s World under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?



The mission of Jessie’s World is to help women achieve sobriety and independence through housing and supportive services at a time of crisis or a turning point in their lives.

What population do you serve? 


Jessie’s World helps women who are addicted to drugs or alcohol or who have committed a crime. It teaches them how to break cycles of abuse, dysfunction, and addiction and helps them achieve independence after being released from jail or after a time of crisis.

If they have children, Jessie’s World helps provide safe space and nurturing environment for them.


How many do you serve in a year? 


Jessie’s World serves hundreds of women and children in the Central Ohio area.

What region or area do you provide services in?


Jessie’s World serves women, and their children, who are struggling with addiction or who have been convicted of a crime in the state of Ohio.

How and when did the organization get started? 


Jessie’s World was founded in 2009 by Renee Johnson who was inspired by her mother, Jessie, who relentlessly struggled with drug addiction. Jessie lost her battle, but through it all, she considered her daughter to be the bright spot in her life.

In 2013, Jessie’s World joined forces with Nothing Into Something Real Estate (NISRE) and was able to expand its services.


How many employees do you have? 


We have a small staff and Board of Directors to help administer our programs and services.


How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


We have many volunteers who help us raise funds for our organization or provide direct services and support to the women and children we serve.

How do your programs or services help the community?


Jessie’s World helps the community by making the transition from incarceration or addiction to the real-world a smooth and safe one for women in Ohio. Jessie’s World also helps the children of previously incarcerated women by providing counseling and tutoring services. Jessie’s World believes a strong family bond can break cycles of addition and abuse.

Program Descriptions 


Virtual Visits: helps bridge communication while women are imprisoned. It facilitates “virtual” visits between women in the Ohio Reformatory for Women and their families. The goal is to maintain contact between mothers and young children and develop positive relationships.


Transitional Housing: Jessie’s World, through the support of NISRE, Inc, is able to offer transitional housing for women and children who need help rebuilding their lives or getting extra support.


Jessie’s World’s Wishlist:

  • Personal products like toothpaste, soap, and haircare products for the transitional living facility

Name: Marvetta Froe-Shelton, MPA

Title: Operations Manager

Organization: Jessie’s World


Work: (614) 253-8969

Mobile: (614) 556-9482


1561 Old Leonard Ave

Columbus, OH 43219