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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: We believe a person’s ability to physically heal is directly linked to their emotional well being and their emotional well being directly linked to their environment. Our mission is to enhance the healing process of chronically ill children by providing fun, imaginative, medically appropriate bedrooms, focusing on their individual needs, wishes and medical conditions.

Results: We completed our 27th room makeover in April, 2012. We average 5-6 room makeovers each year, with a waiting list of at least 3-4 children at all times.

Target demographics: Chronically ill children between the ages of 4-18 years old in the surrounding Phoenix valley area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5-6 families per year.

Geographic areas served: Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, etc.)

Programs: Providing "dream bedrooms" to chronically ill children between the ages of 4 and 18, whose families are struggling financially and would otherwise be unable to provide and healing bedroom environment for their child.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Chris Scarpati

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a board member until recently and a donor for years. I’ve had the joy and fun of watching many of the kids and their families return after their weekend away to see their new room, remodeled and decorated according to their desired theme whether Star Wars, or princesses, hi -tech, Pokémon or music. I love what Tory and her volunteers are able to do. What a blessing they are to so many children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer Board Member for Room For Joy, I am truly amazed at the work that is provided to so many kids who are dealing with such difficult circumstances so far beyond what my children have ever had to deal with. What a joy to see their lives brightened by the work of Tory and her volunteers. A huge difference is made for them as they have a place to be comfortable as they hopefully heal from their health issues. Thank you Tory for helping these kids fight their fights.

Blanca D. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Room for Joy did my daughters bedroom last December. After fighting cancer and receiving treatment for two and a half years this gave my daughter a much needed boost in energy. This room brought so much joy and it was almost like a symbol of a fresh start. While they worked on the bedroom, they sent our family on a weekend staycation which was also much needed and appreciated. Unfortunately two months later my daughter relapsed. She has now received a bone marrow transplant and we've been away from home since June because of post transplant treatment. All my daughter talks about is how much she misses her room and wants to go back to spend time in it. I can't blame her, this room is awesome. You can tell that Tory, her husband and all the volunteers do this from the heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of sick children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with this charity about a year ago and have had a couple of opportunities to see them at work. This is a small charity that does amazing work on a very personal level.
Room For Joy is a non-profit that take chronically ill children and makeover their rooms. All the rooms are medically appropriate and take the specific Childs illness in mind as they create the Child's Dream Room.
They come to the house on Friday evening and whisk the family away for a hotel Staycation with Rooms, Meals, and Entertainment all purchased for the family or sponsored by one of the great businesses here in the Valley. They bring the family back on Sunday and the reveal takes place around 4pm.
The rooms are breathtaking and are simply spectacular. The children are the real winners, but we see that the community is drawn together by these renovations. The reveals always involve half the neighborhood and really show the bonds that our community can make if given the opportunity.
I know that there are a bunch of really great charity's that do some really great things. PCH for instance, who chooses the children the receive the rooms we do. I hope that this doesn't downplay any other efforts, but I think that this Charity is one of the very best. It's small, locally oriented and trying to grow. The kind of charity that can really use a little extra help so we can try to help more kids.
Please take a minute to browse through the pics uploaded and know that there might not be a more deserving charity.

Thank you for allowing me to tell a bit about what they do and good luck to all who's hearts are open to help others.

Chris Pantier

Anthony P.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Room for Joy serves the chronically ill children and their families. This is a segment of the population that is going through something that not a lot of people think about. There's not a lot of top of the mind awareness about what kids like these and their families are going through.

Many of them are isolated and withdrawn from society because of their chronic illnesses. Many are confined to their rooms, most of them don't have friends come over, because they've got a room full of sensitive, if not ugly, equipment.

What Room for Joy does is transform the room from what has often become a scary, boring place into a haven for them... a place that is beautiful enjoyable and reduces stress and helps improve their quality of life in the midst of dealing with their sickness.

The thing that we really need is funds, you know, we need people who can come beside us and support us financially because each room make over costs thousands of dollars.

Not only do we make over the room, we send the family on a local, mini-vacation so they are out of the house foe the two days we need to transform the room. They start on a Friday and then there's a reveal Sunday afternoon.

We do a couple fundraisers during the year, but having ongoing sponsorship and getting our message out there to people who would get behind this is essential to our thriving. Also one of the other things about room for joy does, is it's a faith based organization. At the at the reveal on you know everybody circles up and we pray for the family and for the children.

And I think that's one thing that sets us apart. That's not something that that is overtly pushed to the community, but it's definitely at the core of what we're doing.

Karolina A.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Soy madre de un niño de 9 años que el 14 de mayo fue diagnosticado con leucemia el antes era un niño feliz le gustaba correr jugar y desde su diagnostico se a vuelto un niño q no le alegra nada y quisiera verlo feliz y jugando de nuevo

Alejandro C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Alejandro Ceballos Duran I am a single parent of a wonderful little girl name Keyla Alexandra Ceballos she was diagnosed with ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on June 7 2017 she really likes Little Mermaid.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most wonderful organization in phoenix, they really do bring a lot off joy to children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I can never forget little Trevor. Five years old facing countless hours in the hospital fighting leukemia. Room For Joy built a new bedroom. Removing the flooring and transforming his room into a garage with a drop ceiling and Murphy bed that looked like shelves filled with automotive supplies. The carpenters built a replica of Mader the truck complete with a working headlight and a radiator cap that talked. Little Trevor loved his room. A safe place to rest, to restore calm and peace in his life. Thanks to Room for Joy in bringing hope and a smile to this young boy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Room for Joy about 6 years ago. Since that time I have seen incredible rooms that have brought amazing JOY to the child and their families and friends. Each one transforms a room and transforms it to meet the dreams of each child. Each room is unique and special as is the child it is built for.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Room for Joy is a faith based organization that helps chronically ill children and there families to shed a little sun shine in there lives during a not so great time. The rooms that they design for these children are incredible! Some of the rooms are designed to hide any medical equipment these kids may have in there room so as to make them feel more at home. All of these rooms are designed around a theme that the child is interested in, then Tory and her design team go to work to create a virtual wonderland that you would never want to leave!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that helps chronically ill children by providing dream room makeovers. I've personally seen the joy provided to the children and their families that receive these makeovers and how this process can improve the ongoing well being for each of them... Top Notch.

Pam E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Room For Joy in 2006, after seeing a piece about them on Good Morning AZ. Working with this great group of people would be reward enough, but the impact RFJ has on the families we help has changed my life. The dedication of Tory and the RFJ gang is something I've never experienced before. There is nothing these folks won't build or create to give the children the best room possible. No matter how many hours have gone into creating a room, the smile on the child's face is more than reward enough!

Barry B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Room for joy worked with our organization to help in some small ways (or as big as we liked) and the end result was an amazing service to a young lady. The family was super appreciative - and the end result was amazing, encouraging, and a beautiful act of service.