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Jak’s Place is a project of Lakeshore CAP Inc.

Mission Statement

We are a community resource center with an inviting, encouraging and caring atmosphere focused on the needs, hopes, goals and gifts of everyone who comes in our door.

Through outreach, education and active programming, we seek to be a refuge and a beacon for all those whose lives have been impacted by mental illness.


JAK’s Place opened in September 2006 as a community resource for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness.

The center is named after Jonah Andrew Klapatch (JAK), who lost his life to the unpredictable effects of mental illness in 2005.

JAK’s Place was originally a project of NAMI Door County – an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In 2016 a long process of re-thinking and planning resulted in NAMI turning over the reins to Lakeshore CAP.

The center has evolved through a dedicated group of Door County citizens committed to seeing a central point for education, information, support and advocacy related to mental illness.



JAK’s Place Staff:

Jane Herlitz, Program Director

Seth Wiederanders
Ed DiMaio
Magda Gutierrez
Laura Haglund