Testimonial 1. "Struggling with heartache, bitterness, and loneliness, I labeled myself hopeless. Not wanting anyone to know my struggles, I faked a smile and a laugh, becoming careless with my family and school.
Overtime, however, my struggles began to reveal themselves. My family became worried and didn’t know where to turn for several months. Not to long after, on a Sunday, a visitor named Steve Lowe spoke at our church about the Joy House. My two brothers and I looked at each other; tears’ welling in ours eyes, knowing this was my answer. After his visit, my grandmother and I started going to the JoyHouseCounselingCenter. Then, before I knew it, I was an official Joy House resident.
Now six months have past and I couldn’t be more blessed by God. He has taught me how to forgive, how to let go of my bitterness, and he has replaced my loneliness with His unfailing love. I have an “A” average in school, which is a first for me, my family and I are becoming closer everyday. I can’t thank the Joy House enough for everything they have done for me, and I can’t be anymore thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to become a Joy House resident, also having the opportunity to get to know, love and respect the girl’s house parents; Charles and Casey Caudell." - Syd
Testimonial 2. This is a poem written by a mom upon her son's completion of the program.
There’s joy in the house and that’s a lot to say.
In a world that’s gone mad they’ve helped us find our way.
The fighting, the anger, the rebellion and resentment
Have slowly dissolved and made way for contentment.
Meeting the objective of reconciliation and peace
We’ve put aside our differences and our love has increased.
We’ve taken deep looks into our motives and hearts,
And put the relationship first instead of throwing those darts.
We’re thankful and pleased and our hearts filled with gratitude
For the changes we’ve seen in his everyday attitude.
Where strife and sibling rivalry once did abound
Now love and laughter are sure to be found.
We praise our dear Lord for the rescue He’s been,
For help and healing in reaching this end.
Testimonial 3. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 30: 11-12
This is the scripture I read at our son’s graduation from the Joy House. There were many scriptures (and even songs) that I prayed over my son during our several years of struggles, but at graduation time, this was the scripture that spoke to my emotion of the moment. My husband and I were a few years earlier mourning the loss of our son. The world had taken a hold of him and he was walking down a path of self-destruction. Everything dear to our hearts he would reject and we were losing him. Losing the opportunity to have a relationship with him and rejoice in his love, his joys, his desires, his mistakes and his successes. That was all being taken away and we were losing our son and mourning over that loss. We sought help from our church as well as the secular community; it took some time for us to realize that the only hope would be in God and his son Jesus Christ. That is when we turned to the Joy House. The love we felt upon joining the Joy House community was overwhelming. The staff at the Joy House gave us on a regular basis a little taste of heaven with the love and compassion they continuously showed us (as well as the necessary doses of correction). A love that our son was not experiencing at school, at home (even though we tried) or with “supposed” friends; a love that my husband and I weren’t experiencing from the world because we were being judged by the schools, our various doctors and even by some of our church family; a love that we weren’t experiencing within our family unit for we were all hurting and unable to love each other at times; a love that was a perfect example of God’s love that we all needed desperately and the Joy House more than graciously gave. The love we felt helped us walk through a difficult journey. Behaviors had to be corrected, not just our son’s behaviors, but ours as well. Our son spent a year and a half living at the Joy House and the angry young man that entered was not the same young man that left. He had a peace about him that you could see in his eyes that wasn’t evident before (and a more personal knowledge of a relationship with Jesus Christ). His eyes were no longer downcast but looking up. He still had the potential for anger, but he now had tools to handle the anger. He still had the propensity to not believe in himself and his potential, but also the knowledge that Satan is a liar and this is not to believed. The Joy House has supplied him with tools to live by. “You will show me that path of life, In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
At the writing of this testimony our son has been back home living with us for about a year and half. At first, we were feeling a sense of déjà vu. Some of the negative behaviors and family dysfunction were re-appearing. At times, despair was sinking in, thinking that the time working with the Joy House was a waste. But we had all changed and we were all unwilling to go back to the way of life before coming to the Joy House. We worked through the testing, we remembered what the Joy House taught and more importantly we kept our eyes on Jesus. Because of that fact, we have not returned. We still find our hope in Jesus Christ. We have been discouraged, but we have also been very proud of our son’s growth. While we may feel discouraged at times because of the negativity of the world, we still find hope in Jesus Christ. We know He has a plan for each and every one of us, our son included. We will just keep our eyes on Jesus and the hope he provides. We will always remember and be grateful for the Joy House and their staff.
Testimonial 4. Nicholas and his family completed the program during 2015. Click here for the testimony.
Testimonial 5. Ashley and her family completed the program in 2013. Click here for the testimony.