Join Dee from The Nonprofit Journal LIVE and Room for Joy in the studio to hear about this wonderful nonprofit. Learn about some exciting news for the upcoming holiday season and how they also help children all throughout the year.
Room for Joy is a nonprofit that aims to enhance the healing process of chronically ill children by providing fun, imaginative, medically appropriate rooms and respite activities focusing on their individual needs, wishes and medical conditions. The nonprofit provides a unique continuum of support for children–in both inpatient and outpatient settings. They offer renovation site programs within hospitals that boost spirits, reduce the need for pain medication and provide distraction therapy. They also remodel residential rooms to encourage and support the healing process at home; and respite activities that provide an opportunity for children and their families to relax, have fun and reconnect outside the hospital environment.
The CEO of Room for Joy, Tory Smock, has a degree in Interior Design and a passion for children. After working in a retail setting utilizing her design skills for 14 years, she was inspired to combine her love of design and her love for children, thus the inception of Room for Joy. Smock has personally battled a chronic illness her entire life and spent much of her childhood in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals. Subsequently, she is the parent of a child who suffers from the same affliction. Because Smock has experienced both sides, she is able to relate to the children and the parents. She knows the impact a child’s surroundings can have on their healing process and recognized the need to provide an atmosphere of love and hope to children and their parents as well as providing “child friendly” environments in hospital settings.
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