Our Founders

Jason and Lisa Loakes are the founders of Sheltered by Grace.

Jason is the Chair of the Board and the General Manager. He originally comes from a construction industry background before moving into sales with Queensland housing magazines and working with the Queensland Government Printer. He has undertaken a number of his own business ventures, and has had extensive personal development training. When he and Lisa founded Sheltered by Grace, he had his own building and development company, Out of the Box Developments, and was building modular and transportable buildings for mining camps and remote locations.

Jason is passionate about transforming lives and helping individuals to transform their lives, be free from addictions and live a life of purpose.  He loves the work that he does and enjoys sharing his experiences and his passion for transforming the lives of the homeless.​

Lisa is currently Secretary to the Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Associate Diplomas in Speech and Drama, Graduate Certificate in Business and Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Not for Profit studies from QUT. Lisa worked with the Queensland Government for approximately 9 years in various Human Resources and Policy roles up to Director level, and has consulted to Queensland Government in a human resource capacity. She has run her own successful company and like Jason, has undertaken extensive personal development training.

Jason and Lisa feel called to use their giftings to help those people who are less fortunate and to transform lives. Together, they have developed a housing model that does not rely on government funding, but instead is self sufficient and involves working closely with other not for profit organisations who work with the same demographic of client. They are passionate about influencing the community and the political areas to really create change in the lives of those who need it.​