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New JoyJ Chapter – The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus (Upper West Side)


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!!

Colombia Outreach


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

JoyJ September 17th Outreach – Special Participation: St. Peter Youth Group of Ridgewood & Girl Scouts Troop 3107 of NYC


On Saturday, September 17th we brought together nearly 100 volunteers of all ages – from 4 years to 75! – to distribute 180 care bags and 2,700 items to homeless across the city.

Twenty-six volunteers from St. Peter Youth Group in Ridgewood, NJ joined in, and the group will host their first JoyJ outreach on October 22nd in NJ! An enthusiastic group of young women, troop leaders and parents from Girl Scouts Troop 3107 of NYC helped with packing and distribution. SUCH unbelievable energy from an incredible mix of NYC natives and visitors!

Keep up the great work – together we can make great strides in ending homelessness across the country!

First JoyJ Outreach in the Philippines



On July 31st 2016, JoyJ volunteers provided food to the homeless families in Sta Barbara Iba Zambales.  Santa Barbara is a first class municipality in the province of PangasinanPhilippines. A lot of families in Zimbales province were extensively damaged by the eruption of the Pinatubo volcano.  This is one of the poorest areas in Philippines.  Sta. Barbara is populated mainly by Pangasinense natives and a few other ethnic groups.

Twenty-six volunteers—a lot young and family with children—distributed sixty-five bags and spent time to comfort and help people in a very difficult situation.

A big THANK YOU to the organizers and the volunteers for their compassion and dedication to to the cause of the poorest and the forgotten among us.

Cristalina Quedabra – south of Neiva, Colombia

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On July 31st, 20 JoyJ volunteers visited a rural, less fortunate community on the edge of the Cristalina Quedabra – south of Neiva, Colombia.

There they met hungry children, mothers fighting to keep their families afloat and many adults who were abandoned and/or disabled. Volunteers noted that the experience opened their eyes to a level of poverty they hadn’t known before.

One shared: “This sad experience has given me so much strength that is so satisfying to the point that I have forgotten all my problems and needs.”

While the homelessness epidemic is sprawling, we are an army of many. Through compassion and collaboration, together we can make a difference in lives.

JoyJ Soul Cycle Ride Fundraiser – July 6th

In an effort to expand our reach & continue to share JoyJ’s mission, our incredible team has put together a sweet SoulCycle NoMad ride on July 6th from 8-10p. All proceeds benefit the homeless

come ride with us & warm your heart in more ways than one

Sign up here:…



– When:  Wednesday, July 6th from 8-10PM

– Where:  SoulCycle (NoMad location – 27th and Broadway)

– Tickets:  $35 Early Bird, $40 Standard Admisson gets you an instructor led SoulCycle session, shoes + a free water

– Who:  Proceeds will go to The JoyJ Initiative to benefit the homeless –

Lace up those fancy spin shoes and join JoyJ at SoulCycle for some healthly exercise in the name of helping NYC’s homeless. Bring your friends and family for an evening that will nourish both body and soul!

Hope to see you there!

Ticket sales end 7/2 so please hurry!!

Deloitte Corporate Outreach

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On June 10th, JoyJ partnered with Deloitte to celebrate a nationwide day of service for the NYC community called “Impact Day”.

The outreach gained tremendous popularity internally with 40 Deloitte employees volunteering to distribute more than 100 bags to those in need.

Corporate outreach programs are an awesome way to bond with your team members, build company-wide camaraderie and connect through shared empathy. Please send us an email to get involved and spend a few hours helping those in need!


St. Anthony’s May 14th Outreach


On May 14th, more than 50 JoyJ volunteers gathered at St. Anthony’s to give out 200 bags to neighborhood homeless in need. As always, bags included seasonal necessities like snacks, water and a homemade sandwich plus socks, hats and gift vouchers. Keep checking here for updates on our next NYC outreach! Our group grows larger with each weekend, and we are so grateful for all of you who have joined in our mission to ‪#‎spreadthejoy‬!!

JoyJ Fundraiser in Atlanta

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On Tuesday, April 5th, JoyJ hosted a successful fundraiser at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead in Atlanta, GA! 70 degree weather made for a healthy turn-out, raising more than $700 towards future JoyJ outreaches in the Atlanta area. THANK YOU to all of you who showed up to enjoy some friendly spirits and help continue our mission to aid those in need throughout the US and now reaching internationally throughout places like London and several cities in Colombia! We are grateful for all of your support!