For the Community and by the Community

Joyful Journey is a 501(c)3 not for profit, charitable organization.


We appreciate the generous gifts and grants provided by the following organizations:

Ways to Give

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    In-Kind Services

    Do you have a professional service to donate? We’d like to speak with you!

    • Contractor Repair Services
    • Printing Services: logo apparel, media printing
    • Marketing Specialist
    • Computer Repair and Maintenance Technician
    • Lawn Care Services: fertilizing/weed killer, mulch
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    Monetary Donations

    All financial contributions to Joyful Journey are tax deductible. Each donation makes a difference in allowing affordable care for everyone.

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    What long lasting legacy would you like to provide to our community? Please contact Gerard Benner at

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    For those families who wish to place Joyful Journey as a Memorial Recipient, a plaque has been designated: Celebrating the Life. Please contact Bess Witcosky, Director at for self-addressed envelopes and further information.

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    Gifts of Donated Items

    Please see our Wishlist for items. You are welcome to drop off items at our house Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please be sure to affix your name and address to your item. Please email us at to inquire about items most needed currently.

  • Volunteering

    Contact Bess Witcosky, Director at for information regarding many opportunities.

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    Spread the JOY!

    Our best advocate is YOU!

PayPal convenience reduces your donation by 2%. Checks made payable to Joyful Journey and sent to 600 Lindberg Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47906 are most appreciated.

Our Volunteer Philosophy

Volunteers are vital to our success. Their special skills and talents add variety, depth and quality to a day at Joyful Journey…for Friends, Staff and other Volunteers.

Our Volunteers are partners in our mission and will benefit from their time with us as much as we benefit from their contributions.

Volunteer Opportunities


Click on the icons to the left for more information.

Back Up Receptionist

Greet Friends and Caregivers as well as other Volunteers to assure they feel welcome. Answer telephone: screen and direct calls, take and relay messages and provide basic information to callers. Greet Visitors and provide information or connect them to others who can help. Keep the reception area tidy.


Regularly take photographs of those Friends with proper releases, Staff, Volunteers and special events at Joyful Journey. Photos will be used for internal communication, community outreach, marketing materials, and newsletters to families.

Friend-to-Friend Visitor

Spend time with an individual Friend focused on that Friend’s special interests e.g. reading, talking, story-telling, strolling indoors or outdoors, a game, etc.

Group Exercise Facilitator

Lead specific exercises with a group of Friends and Staff. Exercise examples include: stretching, chair yoga, chair qi gong, chair aerobics, etc.

Game Facilitator

Facilitate playing games such as trivia, Pictionary, bingo, cards, board games, naming games, etc. Or, play an adapted sport side-by-side with a Friend for basic enjoyment and exercise. Options include noodle ball, ping pong, ring toss, shooting hoops/basketball (indoor), golf putting, Wii bowling/tennis/baseball, catch, bocce ball, balloon volleyball.

Sing-a-Long Leader

Bring the gift of song to Friends where they can participate in the singing. Assure written words are available for those who can follow written lyrics. Create a list of songs based on a theme e.g. patriotic, seasonal, holiday, faith-based, genre, etc.

Other Opportunities

  • Art Work Facilitator
  • Gardening with Friends
  • Spring & Fall Maintenance Squad

Personal Benefits of Volunteering

  • Build new skills, helping you interact with family or friends with cognitive and physical challenges
  • Feel the satisfaction of helping us be successful in our mission; help make our community a great place to live
  • Improve your own health and sense of well-being
  • Opportunity to teach and share your skills and knowledge with Staff and Friends
  • Gain work experience, receive school credit and/or fulfill community service requirements


Joyful Journey is a real house serving and caring for many people throughout the day. As with any house, we are constantly replenishing our supplies. You can help by donating needed items:

Cleaning/Paper Items

Cleaning/Paper Items

  • Clorox Wipes
  • Unscented Liquid Hand Soap
  • Window Cleaner Refill
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Dishwasher Liquid Spot Preventer
  • High Efficiency Laundry Detergent - Free and Clear
  • All Purpose Cleaner Spray or Similar Item
  • Castille Soap
  • White Vinegar
  • Shout Color Catchers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towel
  • 13 Gal. Kitchen Garbage Bags
  • Large Trash Bags
  • Various Sz of Plastic Baggies
  • Paper Plates/Bowls - Birthday plates are great!
  • Paper Napkins
  • Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Dish Towels and Dish Cloths
  • Large serving spoons, table spoons
  • Paring knives
Office/Misc Items

Office/Misc Items

  • Staples/Staplers
  • Tape/Dispensers
  • Post It Notes
  • Pencils
  • Electric Pencil Sharpener
  • White Correction Fluid
  • All Sizes Batteries (esp, AA, AAA)
  • LR44 Button Batteries
  • Reg Sz Manilla Folders
  • Reg Sz Hanging File Folders
  • Envelopes – Reg, Legal Sz and Large Clasp
  • White Copy Paper
  • Postage Stamps
  • Dry Erase Markers/Eraser
  • Thank You Cards
  • Staples Gift Card
  • 12 Cup Coffee Maker
Snack Items

Snack Items

  • Cheese Sticks
  • Beef Sticks
  • Crystal Light Sugar Free Drink Mixes
  • Instant Decaf Coffee
  • Coffee Filters for Regular Size Brewer
  • Regular and Sugar free cookies
  • Graham Crackers
  • Butter Type Crackers
Project/Participation Items

Project/Participation Items

  • Music CD’s (new and gently used of varying genres)
  • iPod Shuffles (new only for Music and Memory Program)
  • Wii Exercise Games - Bowling, Tennis, Baseball (new or gently used)
  • Karaoke Music CD’s (oldies, religious, Christmas – with vocals)
  • Colored Pencils
  • 8.5 x 11 Card Stock (white and color)
  • Copy Paper (assorted colors, pastels and bright)
  • Mini-Hot Glue Gun Sticks
  • Scrap Book Paper
  • Stickers, Ribbons, Beads
  • Gift Bags
  • Stamps and Stamp Pads
  • Piano Sound Blanket
Outdoor Items

Outdoor Items

  • Bird Seed
  • Hanging Annual Flowers/Starter Garden Plants all for shade
  • Weed Killer Spray
  • Potting Soil
  • Medium Size Clay Pots
  • Standing Outdoor Planter Box
  • Concrete safe ice remover pellets
  • Small flat head shovel
  • Angle Headed Broom
Larger Home Items/Gift Cards

Larger Home Items

  • In-house Closed Circuit Camera System
  • Laptop Computer
  • New patio table and chairs - please ask for space requirements

Gift Cards:

  • Walmart, Payless, Marsh, Meijer, Aldi, Amazon
  • Car Washes, Theaters, and Eateries – Volunteer Thank You Gifts
  • iTunes Gift Cards (to purchase music for Music and Memory Program)

I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of this wonderful home for some time to aid in the care of my husband but also for me, too. My husband has been coming from the very first week and he goes several times a week. He enjoys the many activities, other people attending, the very caring and professional Staff, and of course, the delicious meals.

I can now plan to have some "Connie Time" which is such a blessing to my health and attitude. I highly recommend you bring your loved one to Joyful Journey, and I know you won't be sorry!


It's so comforting to know my mom will enjoy her day, every day, surrounded by caring Staff in a safe, warm place. She looks forward to her time with her friends and tells everyone she knows how wonderful Joyful Journey is. 

For me, I get peace and encouragement as soon as I connect with staff and others I meet there. It's a perfect fit, and it came at just the right time. What a blessing Joyful Journey is!


The Joyful Journey Staff does not view caring for their friend as simply a job, rather they warmly welcome each friend and treat him/her respectfully as a person.

Having mom at Joyful Journey a couple afternoons per week has allowed me to get groceries, run errands, go to my own doctor and dentist appointments, spend time with my children, have a luncheon date with my husband, etc. all without Mom along—knowing that she is in good hands.

Joyful Journey gives Mom appropriate activities and individual attention; Joyful Journey gives me opportunities to tend other relationships and other necessary tasks—what a respite in the midst of full-time caregiving!


As an administrative volunteer I have many opportunities to see JJ Staff at work. Their preparations are always thoughtful, caring, and thorough. Activities are often individualized to the unique needs of a particular Friend, and always appropriate and purposeful for the group they expect to see the next day.

If the day's plan is not working well, the trained and experienced Staff and volunteers are flexible and ready to change course. Everyone is included unless they would like some time for themselves, which can be provided while never leaving anyone alone. The level of loving care provided in this home away from home is a rare find!

Sue L., Volunteer

Our Mission

Joyful Journey is a community-based not-for-profit organization committed to providing compassionate and loving adult day service that preserves the dignity and well-being of everyone who visits & provides encouragement and support to every caregiver.

Contact Us

600 Lindberg Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 607-6156

Our Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

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