Joy's House hopes registry will click with donors

April 20, 2009

Nearing the end of a fourfold expansion, Joy's House adult day care will soon need many more furnishings. When the old farmhouse on Broad Ripple Avenue opened nine years ago, supporters donated lamps and sofas from their own homes.

Joy's House founder Tina McIntosh hopes to keep that personal connection alive even as the house expands from 3,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet and goes from serving 23 guests a day to as many as 45.

"The big concern we had was, we still need to feel 'Ma and Pa,' very home-like," she said. "We still want the community to be engaged in what we're doing."

Joy's House has created a registry at www.spreadingjoy.org. Donors can choose an item as expensive as a new sofa, or as modest as a cookie sheet with the assurance that their money will be used specifically to buy that item.

"We will buy exactly what's on this registry," McIntosh said. "So when you walk in, you will know exactly what you brought to this house."

The registry contains about $200,000 worth of furnishings, part of the $400,000 Joy's House needs to raise this year to complete its $2 million capital campaign.

The grand opening is planned for August.

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