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It is a familiar story. Those who are eager to experience the joys of learning and travel but don’t have the chance. Perhaps their aging parent has moved in or their spouse is now in a nursing home. Whatever the situation, the reality is that for many caregivers it’s difficult to get away. That’s why...
To hear them tell the story of how they first met is captivating. Mr. Dick knew it was going to be a good night. It was summer. He was eighteen and driving his blue ’57 Chevy. Let’s face it. When you are eighteen years old and driving a turquoise Chevy on a warm summer’s night,...
Amanda Singer had her plate full running a dance studio in Massachusetts. But after her mother underwent emergency surgery and radiation for breast cancer late last year, Singer, 28, unexpectedly found herself taking on an even bigger responsibility — the role of unpaid family caregiver. Singer is one of millions of millennial caregivers in the United...
I turned the radio off in my car and watched the students walk into the white building.   They followed the sidewalk parallel to the south wall and disappeared around the corner to enter the front door. “She looks all of 18 years old,” I thought.  Her flawless skin, her cherry red miniskirt, and her brunette...
Editor’s Note: In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to share Courtney S.’s story with you. Courtney joined the Joy’s House family as a volunteer in 2017, and now finds herself a member of our Guest Relations team at Joy’s House at UIndy. Read more about her experience below.   When I first signed...
  Hi Everyone! My name is Brittany, and this semester I had the pleasure of facilitating a six-week art therapy group at Joy’s House. I am a Master of Arts in Art Therapy candidate at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). After submitting a proposal for my graduate thesis, I...
April 11, 2018
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra area of our brains.  When a person develops Parkinson’s disease, they may begin to experience symptoms such as: Tremors Slowness of movements Rigidity in limbs Balance and gait (walking) problems Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment options can include medication,...
Having a beautiful community of family, friends, coworkers and Guests Being able to help and encourage others on a daily basis Knowing that Spring really is here and that one day very soon, we will wake up and the Earth will be bursting with color! Great food. Junk food to healthy food, I love it...
  Meet Max Cruz. Max is 7 years old and is the son of Joy’s House supporters Charlie and Kathy Cruz. Kathy has been involved with Joy’s House in a number of ways, including as a current Board Member, and her generous spirit is now evident in her children. Here’s the thing about Max: He...
To hear Mr. Charles’ daughter, Alisha, talk about him, you can’t help but to picture him as a young adult sitting in a big chair in the corner of the room with his two younger kids in his lap, his son on one knee and Alisha on the other. In this image, Mr. Charles is...