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Editor’s note: In celebration of the recent 2nd anniversary of our grand opening of Joy’s House at UIndy, we asked the team to come up with 10 things that bring them joy. We hope you’ll stop by and experience the fun with them soon!  1. Volunteers from the University of Indianapolis working with our Guests....
Some people just can’t help themselves. They make friends wherever they go. This is Miss Allene and she has been like this for as long as anyone can remember. In her younger years, she was the neighborhood mom. Her front porch was the place to come and talk about life’s challenges and glories. It was...
Editor’s note: We’re excited to roll out this new blog feature, called 10 Things That Bring Me Joy! Each post will be written by a Joy’s House staff member or volunteer, with the hopes that you’ll learn more about the faces and people you see in and around Joy’s House on a daily basis. If...
With only just a few months experience at Joy’s House I have so enjoyed learning more and more about our relationship with The University of Indianapolis. As community partners, Joy’s House participated in their Community Engagement Fair. UIndy invites community partners into the student center to speak about volunteer opportunities within the different organizations. It...
Many of us experience family traditions without thinking about it. Maybe it’s the first day of school photos that happen every fall or the bedtime stories every night. Maybe it’s something as creative as a secret family handshake or burying jack-o’-lanterns the day after Halloween. For others, it gets more personal. Mr. Dominic and his...
February 1, 2018
  I was there when he took his last breath.  His name is Doug and at some point over the last nearly twenty years, he became family to me.  The details of those years don’t matter to you, but they included a souped-up golf cart, Joy’s House, family meals, a really cool Harley, a backhoe...
January 2018 – Frankie Frankie married her best friend in October of 2016. As a matter of fact, she and George Raymond, or Ray as she calls him, had known each other for 18 years. At the time they married, they were raising three children under the age of fourteen. They were both in their...
If you’ve received one of our 2018 calendars, you’ve noticed by now that our 2018 “theme” for Joy’s House is courage. (And if you haven’t yet gotten a calendar and would like one – or several! – please email us.) We see courage in a lot of people, and in a lot of ways, at...
January 8, 2018
I love the New Year, not because of the parties or the chances of snow, but because it is an opportunity for a fresh start and a fresh outlook on life.  For me, January 1st brings excitement and anticipation, but for many others, it is a time of uncertainty, insecurity and possibly even outright chaos....
Every day at Joy’s House is fun, but there’s something truly special about the holidays. We come together to enjoy special meals, host volunteers and groups who spread cheer, and are blessed to receive visits – and gifts! – from Santa and his elves. Here’s a small glimpse of some of our most recent fun....