A Note from Tina

April 20, 2021

A note from Tina McIntosh, Founder & President of Joy’s House

Each year, Joy’s House chooses a word to help guide and encourage us. This year, for all of the obvious reasons, that word is Renewal. Like most people and organizations, we have spent a considerable amount of time looking back so that we can continue to move forward, figuring out who it is that we should be on the other side of this pandemic. 

We’ve looked at our staff with gratitude and admiration for showing up day after day, caring for our Guests (clients) and family caregivers in a world that continued to shift.  We’ve thanked our board for their tireless leadership during a time when they challenged themselves with how we fulfill our mission and how we best represent the families who rely on us for care. We know we want those things to continue.  

We are so proud of our families and stakeholders for everything they did during this challenging time to ensure that we have stayed COVID-free at Joy’s House.  We are also grateful for the donations ranging from much-needed household items to the large above-and-beyond grants and to those families who chose to support us financially. We are still here, serving our community, as a result.

This past year, I remember all too well when people would ask me if Joy’s House would survive the pandemic. I would half smile and say, “God willing.”  It was the importance of safety and community of our Guests (clients) and their families that kept us in big conversations. But it was the day-to-day smaller ones that kept us awake at night. How would we possibly get our Guests, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, to wear masks every second of every day? How would we be able to keep our incredible culture of love and inclusiveness and enforce social distancing at the same time? And yet, here we are…still doing all of these things. 

Renewal noun

1.      an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption.

Yep – renewal is the right word. We are still serving individuals living with a life-altering diagnoses by providing adult day services. As a matter of fact, we are ready to serve even more. And we need your help to reach out to others, sharing that not only are our doors open, but that we stand on a safe and solid foundation. We are here to stand beside caregivers in keeping their loved ones safe and in a community who deeply cares about them.  

Later this year, we will be sharing our revised Caregiver Support Services program, which will empower, educate and connect family caregivers in this shadow of the pandemic, and for years to come. Stay tuned.  

In the meantime, be well and keep in touch! 

~ Tina