JoyJ’s Corporate Outreach program continues to make an impact to employees and the homeless! We’d like to thank Wavestone’s NYC 12 employees who distributed 40 bags on September 8 for sharing their time and joy to make the world a better place. Thank you to all involved!
On February 23rd, JoyJ hosted a corporate outreach with the reputable communications agency Havas Luxe!! With 8 corporate volunteers we were able to distribute 35 bags to the homeless community. The day was a huge success and we would like to thank all the volunteers from Havas Luxe for making this possible and hope to work together in the future!
JoyJ’s Blessed Sacrament chapter hosted another successful outreach in late January! Sixty-seven volunteers of all ages (from 4 years old to 80!) distributed 120 bags throughout NYC. They distributed critical supplies that are very difficult for the homeless to procure, including sweatshirts, warm hats, gloves, scarves, and hand warmers. Can you imagine not making it into a shelter during the winter and trying to SURVIVE on the streets without these items?
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!!!