JDIN is a Faith Based and Life Recovery Center founded by Greg Baines as a result of his personal battles with substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol were rampant in the community impacting the lives of families, children and youth prior to JDIN opening their doors.
JDIN was incorporated in 2000 and received 501(c)3 status in 2001. Prior to JDIN opening their doors in 2000, the Wharton County Juvenile Justice agency was the busiest and most prominent organization in Wharton. But JDIN has changed this, as youth are now in programs that have and continue to change their lives, and the Juvenile Justice agency works with us so now if there is a youth that needs extra attention, JDIN’s staff can provide the needed care and attention.
Due to JDIN’s programs, more students are graduating from high school than ever before and more are going on to a four-year college or business/trade/community college.
Our core programs are GED/ESL training, financial management, basic computer training, job skills training, on the job training, individual development and empowerment, substance abuse treatment and education, social skills training, food program, family and marriage counseling and our highly acclaimed “Yes WE Can” Intervention and Prevention (I/P) Program targeting area children and youth.
The Yes WE Can Program includes afterschool mentoring, tutoring and homework help, sports for teaching being a team player and following the rules, social skills, problem-solving skills, and learning to control emotions and behavior, and field trips since most children and youth have not been out of the community.
JDIN has been instrumental in making a difference in the community by enriching the lives of individuals and helping them to move forward to self-sustaining.
The Board of Directors is made up of dedicated community leaders and serve on the volunteer board of the organization.
JDIN's main focus is providing services to low-income families/children to help them be self-supportive, successful in school, and becoming contributing members of the community