About

Miss Gurtis and her adorable grandchildren enjoying our secret garden in Broad Ripple.

Located in the Broad Ripple area and on the south side of Indianapolis, Joy’s House was created from one woman’s dream, supported by family and friends, and has blossomed into a remarkable not-for-profit organization that provides physical, mental and financial relief for families caring for a loved one. Caregiving for a parent, spouse, family member or friend can be both wonderful and exhausting. What are you to do if you need to go to work, attend an appointment or simply take time for yourself? Adult day service is the perfect answer.

Joy’s House serves adults living with life-altering diagnoses and their families by providing exceptional adult day and caregiver services. Adult day services are defined by National Adult Day Service Association as “coordinated programs of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day.”

What We Do

Joy’s House serves adults living with life-altering diagnoses and their families by providing exceptional adult day and caregiver services.

How We Started

Joy’s House founder, Tina McIntosh, first became interested in the idea of opening an adult day service when she volunteered at an adult day center in Muncie, Indiana as a freshman at Ball State University.  One Master’s degree and ten years later, she found the courage to leave her successful job as an event planner and began the complicated process of opening a not-for-profit adult day center in 1999.

As she shared her dream with others, she could see the passion grow inside of them.  Before she knew it, people began to support her dream, and many formed the Board of Directors, Board Advisors and committee members for what we now know as Joy’s House. Together, they brought Tina’s dream to reality.

Our Name

People are always asking how we came up with the name Joy’s House for our adult day service. We liked the comfort that came with visiting someone and the idea of what it takes to build a house. It made sense. Then came the second obstacle — choosing a name. We knew it was a “house,” but whose house was it? Then one day it just hit us — Joy! Not a person, but an amazing emotion.

We’re Not Done Yet

With the help of donors, partners and volunteers in our community, we will continue to provide more than 10,500 days of service annually for adults living with a life altering diagnosis and more than 10,000 caregiving individuals in Greater Indianapolis annually.

2019 was a year of celebration, as Joy’s House celebrated 20 years of serving our Guests and their caregivers. It was also a year of uncertainty. We found ourselves in crisis and embarked on a Critical Fundraising Campaign, where our community overwhelmed us with love and support, as we raised nearly $200,000 more than our original goal of $559,000. The success of the campaign strengthened our present and future, and we hope to serve for another 20 years and beyond. We are also working on the future of our UIndy location, our hopeful expansion of our Caregiver Support Services in Hamilton County, and, as always, the best way to serve as many families as possible.

Two Locations
Joy’s House serves our Guests in two locations:

Joy’s House Broad Ripple (conveniently located near Keystone Ave)
2028 E. Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-254-0828

Joy’s House at UIndy (conveniently located  on the southside of Indianapolis, near I-65)
1615 E. Castle Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
317-737-2515

Both locations are open from 7:00am – 6:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please stop by for a tour, or call for more information! We looking forward to meeting you.