June 19, 1978 – February 11, 2013

Jared was only 34 years old when his life was cut short by a severe asthma attack. He was deeply loved by his family and friends who all remember his warm smile which lit up the room and his loyalty to them. A very important and meaningful legacy will be
Tamil Nadu, India. Jared’s story is as follows:

Jared is the only son of Paul and Cheryl Miller from Cleveland, Ohio. From a very early age he loved books and reading, creating and playing imaginative games, putting on puppet shows and writing poems and stories. He was passionate about his writing and gave careful thought to each word he put on a page whether it was in letters to friends or reports for school. Jared loved watching and playing sports and cheering on Cleveland’s basketball, baseball and football teams. Racquetball and kayaking were his special favorites. His favorite animal was the orangutan and many happy times were spent at the Cleveland Zoo visiting them. Summers were spent working as a camp counselor – he had a lot of fun working with children of all ages. He was an excellent musician and began playing the recorder at age 6. Jared played drums all through school and taught himself conga drums and the ukelele. Jared played congas with numerous bands in the Cleveland area and recorded CD’s.

Jared’s love of learning never stopped. He graduated high school from University School where he took accelerated classes in English and Writing. He made a movie about the inner city through a special grant project and was awarded the Alumni Book Prize in Government and Public Affairs. Jared attended Miami University in Ohio, transferring to Columbia College Chicago, in Illinois, where he graduated with honors in 2001 with degrees in Journalism and English. Jared was an adventurer – he traveled extensively to Israel, Vancouver and throughout the United States before returning to Cleveland where he worked as a substitute teacher. He then spent one semester at the University of Anchorage Graduate School in Anchorage, Alaska studying Rhetoric. He immersed himself in the study of the culture of the Alaskan Eskimos. The following year Jared enrolled in Cleveland State University where he received a certificate in Latin American Studies. Jared then earned a second undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He received the Anthropology High Academic Achievement Award and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

While in school he worked for 2 years as a Visitor Guide at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens – a job he loved. This position started his love of growing plants and flowers, in particular hot peppers which he also loved to eat. The hotter the better!! Jared then attended North Carolina State University Graduate School in the International Studies Program. While there he was invited to deliver a paper in Halifax, Nova Scotia and worked as the Editor of his department newspaper. Jared’s hard work led to being awarded a FLAS Fellowship to study the Tamil language. This was an area of very special interest to him. Jared’s dream was to go to Tamil Nadu one day and write a book.

The library at New Colors is our way of making Jared’s dream come true – a special part of him is now in India. Our hope as his parents is that Jared’s love of learning will inspire the children to follow their dreams and continue their education. The library building project and it’s completion, would have been extremely meaningful to Jared. We know how proud Jared would have been that he had a part in helping the children at New Colors learn and grow each day.

For more information or to make a donation to support the construction of a permanent library and to purchase much needed books and supplies, please email Cheryl & Paul

To make a donation to support the construction of a permanent library and to purchase much needed books and supplies, on-line donations can be made at:

Checks can be sent to:
Paul & Cheryl Miller
P.O Box 21703
Cleveland, OH 44121-4048

Please make the check out to ‘Gabriel Project Mumbai’ for a US tax exempt receipt

For more information please email Cheryl & Paul Miller at