On January 18th, volunteers, many of who were meeting for the first time, gathered at Rome’s Stazione Termini to distribute 90 bags filled with winter essentials. In addition to these vital items, volunteers handed out much needed treats, which including hot chocolate, tea and cakes.
The outreach couldn’t have come at a better time as the residents of Rome and their homeless population are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this winter. These items will bring some much needed warmth and comfort during this bleak winter.
We would like to thank, in particular, the wonderful people at Centro Ricreativo CRIS whom helped organize and coordinate the event! We are thrilled to report that the outreach was such a success that an additional outreach has already been scheduled for February 9th! Thank you once again and we look forward to the continued success in aiding the homeless population of Rome!
On January 7th, JoyJ traveled to St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx to host a New Year holiday event for 190 children ages 5-12. We celebrated the Feast of the Three Kings as part of our first event with our newest chapter at the Church of St. Luke in the Bronx. We couldn’t have thrown such a hugely successful event without the help of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity and the Religiosas Jerónimas!
In addition to games, beverages and snacks, two delicious (and giant!) cakes were donated by the Butterfly Bakeshop in NYC (www.butterflybakeshop.com). They are the BEST in the city – and we hope you give them a try for your next party!
Children enjoyed making new friends during the event and each received an individual bag with educational games and sweets to bring home.
THANK YOU to all of our amazing donors and volunteers! So grateful for your support and love.
On December 17, 2016, JoyJ held its first ever outreach in St. Louis, Missouri!
Right before the holidays, volunteers from the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, MO gathered to distribute 240 green bags containing vital winter essentials (as well as some holiday treats!) for those of need in the area.
The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for those in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
This was JoyJ and the St. Patrick Center’s first collaborate event and the results were hugely successful. We thank those from the Center who volunteered and look forward to working together in the future!
Just before Christmas on December 23rd, an enthusiastic group of 58 volunteers from the EMAUS group at the Church of Santo Cristo Senor De Los Milagros distributed 62 food packages to homeless families in Las Malvinas, a very poor area in Santa Marta.
Our volunteers brought a smile and needed holiday supplies to families and elderly people in the area.
THANK YOU to all of our dedicated volunteers! We wouldn’t be where we are today and across the globe without you.
Learn more about Las Malvinas – Santa Marta (COLOMBIA) here:
Organized by JoyJ in cooperation with EMAUS SANTA MARTA:
On Saturday, December 10th, JoyJ hosted a benefit Chamber Orchestra concert at Blessed Sacrament Church in NYC.
The concert featured musicians from the prestigious Juilliard School and NYC area and was part of a new series, Giving Back on the Upper West Side. The mission of Giving Back is to use artistry to raise awareness for those in need in our community and empower other musicians to use their talent to reach out to others.
In partnership with the JoyJ Initiative at Blessed Sacrament, the concert raised $427 for care packages for the Homeless! It was an incredible night, showcasing the talent of student performers and celebrating giving back.
Thank you to all of our performers and attendees!
Thank you to Catholic New York Newspaper for this incredible feature on JoyJ! Our hope is to continue to share our mission with as many people as possible, sharing in an effort to end homelessness across the globe. 🌎 Join us in 2017 for our next outreach!!!
We are excited to share that we’ve just wrapped another successful outreach in COLOMBIA!
On November 26th, volunteers organized by the Natillera Tayrona Group & JoyJ Colombia gathered in the remote village of Guajira for two days of giving to those in need.
Gaujira is a semi-desert area in Colombia currently affected by a humanitarian crisis and populated mostly by indigenous Wayuu people. Starvation and lack of drinking water are affecting families in the community whose children are losing their lives to the dire conditions.
A brave group of women, Natillera Tayrona, and JoyJ volunteers endured a TWO DAY JOURNEY through treacherous road conditions to deliver 160 comfort bags, 250 breakfasts, candy and clothing to children — with the support of local donors and JoyJ.
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the Natillera Group, the JoyJ volunteers, and the donors for this incredible outreach!
To read more about the crisis in Guajira, please visit this site: http://www.pulsamerica.co.uk/…/humanitarian-crisis-in-la-g…/
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HUGE THANK YOU to St. Peters Youth Group in River Edge, NJ who hosted an amazing outreach on October 22nd!
A whopping 40 volunteers joined together last Friday to pack comfort bags full of clothing, hygiene items, food and a phenomenal resource guide to local resources where those in need can find food, shelter, and medical care.
Volunteers distributed the comfort bags to homeless in Newark, NJ, meeting 80 new individuals who were in need of help. As a bonus, through the generosity of a bystander volunteers were also able to give out $100 worth of McDonald’s gift cards !
Beyond the physical help our volunteers provided, the personal connections people made during the outreach brought such joy to everyone involved.
We look forward to seeing this INCREDIBLE group to organize more outreaches together with JoyJ in the future!!
A new JoyJ chapter was established at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus. 150 bags were distributed at various location on the upper west side and midtown. Many volunteers from two parishes, Holy Name of Jesus Church and St. Gregory the Great Church, enthusiastically helped to distribute the comfort bags.
A big thank you to the Society of St, Vincent the Paul and the volunteers for this great event!!
On September 28th, JoyJ volunteers reached Salamina – the oldest town in Magdalena, Colombia.
The people of Salamina can be reached only via river transportation (ferry, boat, or canoe) on the largest river in Colombia: the Magdalena River.
An enthusiastic group of 18 JoyJ volunteers made the trip, visiting 40 families in need in the poorest area of Salamina.
Together, volunteers and members of the community found peace and humanity in a difficult time of need.
To be a part of our next international outreach, or to join us right here in the states on our mission to end homelessness, please email email@example.com