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National Volunteer Week - Eileen

Since 2012, Eileen Nyholm has served on multiple Wheels for the World (WFTW) outreaches each year. The vision of Joni and Friends was shared with her when she was recruited on an outreach to Ukraine in 2011. Motivated and inspired by this outreach, Eileen quickly signed up for her second WFTW outreach to the Dominican Republic the next year.

Since then, she’s served on 19 WFTW outreaches in 9 countries! Bringing over 35 years of experience as an occupational therapist, Eileen’s role is vital on these teams to identify the orthopedic, neurological, and skin needs of each recipient and determine which piece of equipment meets those needs. She’s often placed in leadership as the team’s Lead Therapist, who makes certain that each recipient receives a wheelchair that’s perfect for them. In 2018 alone, Eileen will be serving on 5 different WFTW outreaches, two of which are student-integrated Outreaches that partner with...

Sarah - A Faithful Servant of the Lord

Sarah found out about Joni and Friends when she was searching online for international missions organizations. She knew there must be a real need for physical therapists to serve overseas; so in 2013, the Lord led her to serve at Joni and Friends International Family Retreats in Guatemala and Peru. But her passion to serve with Joni and Friends doesn’t end there! Sarah has also served on a Wheels for the World outreach, she’s a Chair Corps volunteer, and she leads a Beyond Suffering small group at her local church with her husband.

As a Short-Term Missionary, Sarah shares her gift as a physical therapist overseas – she meets with people affected by disability over several days and provides physical and spiritual support. She enjoys the helpful interaction of working with both Americans and local volunteers to use her specialty to further God’s kingdom...

National Volunteer Week - Alice

Alice first heard about Joni and Friends in 2011 through Joni's interview with Barbara Walters. And when she heard our president, Doug Mazza, speak at her church a week later, she felt God calling her to volunteer. She then decided to serve at a Family Retreat, and since then she has been faithfully...

National Volunteer Week - Eugene and Evelyn

This week, we’re celebrating the devoted volunteers who dedicate their time to sharing the hope of Christ through our ministry. And today, we’re featuring Eugene and Evelyn Wong – two of our most faithful volunteers at Joni and Friends! They first began volunteering in 2005, when they heard about Joni by reading her books. And since then, they’ve come to our International Disability Center every Friday morning to serve with our Development Department and apply themselves with diligence...

Meet Melena - Our Faithful Volunteer!

Meet Melena, a mom of an adult son on the autism spectrum and a passionate Joni and Friends volunteer! Melena has volunteered at Joni and Friends New England since 2005 in many different capacities. When she first heard about our Family Retreats, she jumped at the chance to lead a...

National Volunteer Week - Joy Eusebio

It’s National Volunteer Week! We’re dedicating this week to recognizing the faithful volunteers who partner with us each day to serve people affected by disability through prayer and hands-on ministry. Because of their support and participation, we’re able to share the message of Christ, equip...

Encouraging Words for People Affected by Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 13, 2018
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People with disabilities often face discouragement. Whether it’s news of a terrible diagnosis, lack of understanding, or the reality of the day-to-day routines of caregiving, a genuine word of encouragement from a friend can make all the difference. We’ve gathered a few quotes and ideas...

Joni And Friends Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fourth Consecutive Year

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 12, 2018
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We’re happy to announce that Joni and Friends’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive year that Joni and Friends has...

Touches of Home

Not long ago, I came home exhausted from a long trip. The house was cool and dark, the rooms were empty, and Ken carried my suitcases into the bedroom. It was good to be home, and near my husband again. But sometimes, coming off a long trip, you really want to feel home in the deepest...

Walking Through Walls

Ever felt like you were up against a wall? Stuck. Stalled. Stymied. Smack-dab against a cold, hard, unyielding barrier with absolutely no way out. You can’t go back, you can’t go sideways, it’s too high to climb, it’s impossible to tunnel underneath, and there are no detours. What do you do? A friend...

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