OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Joy in the Cause is a non profit 501c3 organization serving individuals and families facing life altering and crisis situations, one package of care at a time.
That care comes in all shapes and sizes. It may be through the comfort of an unhurried conversation and visit, or therapy dog visit from Mavis Pearl. It could be receiving a care package with the gift of a house cleaning, gas, or grocery card, the payment of a bill, or receiving a stuffed personalized Mavis Pearl dog. Support looks different for every person going through a life altering illness or those facing special needs. When one member of the family faces illness, the entire family is affected. It is our mission to help the entire family through the journey.
The journey is very familiar to Lisa Bain.
Joy in the Cause was created through the lessons she and her mother learned together through her mother’s cancer journey and her own diagnosis of two life changing autoimmune diseases. Those lessons taught Lisa how joy changes things and makes room for hope and healing. She found that laughter really is the best medicine and that miracles can definitely be found in very dark places.
Joy In The Cause……because your cause matters.
PACKAGES OF CARE
One of the things we hear on many of our visits with patients is the overwhelming feeling of being alone. As one dear lady said “I feel like I am the only one going through this, and I don’t even know where to begin?” It is our goal to make sure people facing illness know they are not alone on their journey. We want them to know they are truly cared for. Everybody needs a cheerleader. We have a group of cheerleaders that are sure to bring a smile of JOY to the heart! Not to mention a silly bulldog name Mavis Pearl that will definitely bring a smile to the heart…maybe even a few belly laughs! With those visits come a
Many of our volunteers have walked the cancer journey, many have faced special needs and traumatic situations and illnesses. Many have felt that intense loneliness. Out of their own journey they know how to help those going through the same thing. They are some of the best cheerleaders there are!
We Care. That is our mission! Sometimes that caring comes through a package of care helping the needs of the patient and family. Every package of care is different, based on the need. Whether it is a bill that is paid, a house cleaning, money, gas, or grocery card, we are there to help with the practical needs.
We recently visited a precious lady who wanted to simply have someone sit and talk to her about anything but cancer. What a glorious time we had! We looked at photos, sang songs, wore funny party hats, laughed, and had 2 hours of doing just that, visiting. Cancer was not allowed in that visit! She later told us after she received some tough news, that the day of our visit gave her a “reference point” to visit in her heart, to remind her how to find that place of joy again when the bad news came. She called it, “her slice of normal”.
We are about helping those facing a life altering illness or special need find their “slice of normal,” even if for a moment, that joy has the ability to impact them the rest of their lives. We see it happen everyday.
When one member of the family faces illness or a special need, the entire family is affected. The majority of responses to the question of “How can we help” is…..”please help my family, help the siblings who are not ill but feeling the affects from facing illness together as a family.” Every illness and need is different. Every care package we give is different as well. One sweet lady wanted a rotisserie chicken (her favorite food), and someone to just help her feel like she was not alone on this journey. That rotisserie chicken never tasted so good. The day was filled with joy, laughter, and a good memory for her to hang onto as she faced the journey ahead with her husband who was terminally ill.
Can you imagine facing cancer, and chemotherapy appointments alone? Can you imagine going alone in a taxi cab to receive those chemo treatments or dialysis? Unfortunately that scenario happens a lot. We want that scenario to change. When a person feels like they have support, prayers, and people to help them through the journey, it is amazing how it just makes the journey a little easier to handle. Where there is hope, there is healing. We are there to offer hope through compassion. Some acts of kindness simply are reassurance someone is there for them. Their cause matters. THEY matter.
Whether it be a snuggly stuffed Mavis Pearl blessing dog, groceries, payment of a bill, a gas card, money card, house cleaning, or a visit from Mavis Pearl to help bring a smile, or someone to simply be an encourager on the path ahead…..we are there to lend a compassionate hand.
JOY is spreading! We are so excited to see the entire community experience the joy of giving and paying it forward! From school groups, churches, organizations, businesses, and other charities jumping on board to help, people are experiencing the JOY of giving back and paying it forward! It is going full circle!
One of the little vessels that make much of this giving possible is our little stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs. It is the “calling card” for Joy In The Cause. One dog represents so much love. Many groups have come together to help make tutus, bandanas, collars, and outfits for each dog. No dog is the same. Every item on the dog is hand made with love. That is what makes these little “Miracle Mavis blessing dogs” as we call them, so special! We have given out over 40,000 dogs with care packages in the past 5 years! How is that even possible? It is possible when a community comes together to make it happen! We have over 600 volunteers, our village of angels who make it happen! Many students receive service hours by making tutus and outfits for these little dogs. They enjoy it so much they often continue on as a volunteer even after their service hours are met. Schools have Make-A-Mavis days, fundraisers, and school projects all helping these little miracle dogs go out to those in need of a smile.
The Purpose Project is an exciting way we have expanded the community outreach of JOY and support to our senior heroes! An organization, group, or church, even groups of individual volunteers adopt a facility and visit regularly. Many of these senior heroes fall through the cracks and have no support system. We already have facilities adopted from Sand Springs, Coweta, Mannford, Sapulpa, Owasso, Collinsville, Claremore, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Bixby….and it grows weekly! Groups such as Walmart, Whole Foods, Tulsa Tech Owasso Students, Rainbow Girls Claremore, Many local church groups, youth groups and schools….have jumped on board to adopt! We even have a special group of kids who have challenges of their own but don’t let that stop them! They are even holding fundraisers to raise funds for care packages they deliver to residents monthly. They are called “Special Delivery!” They have their own Facebook page! To read more about this amazing Purpose Project, just visit the project tab on the home page. Read about how you can become involved! Community at work making a difference and and changing lives, one personal act of kindness at a time!
JOY TO THE RESCUE PROJECT KIDS IN CRISIS
Joy To The Rescue – Project: Kids In Crisis, impacts the lives of children and equips first responders with resources to soothe a child’s fear. First responders often have to help kids in crisis leave their homes without toys or clothing. Joy To The Rescue supplies a backpack full of love and comforting gifts during a scary time.
The mission began when Joy In The Cause, Local Police Departments, and an independent education consultant with Usborne Books & More teamed up. These backpacks are distributed to first responders, and organizations helping children in crisis. They have them on hand and in their vehicles to help when the need arises.
Each backpack given to these kids in crisis contains books, age appropriate toys and activity books, colored pencils, hygiene items, T-shirt, Mavis Pearl plush dog, and more! These are items that first responders requested so they will have the tools they need to help in crisis situations.
Diaper bags are now assembled as well with items helping babies in crisis. Filled to the brim with items from onesies, diapers, bottles, baby hygiene items and items for the mom, these diaper bags are helping in such a vital way.
The stories we hear of first responders reaching children in crisis made us jump at the chance to get these children the help they need. We are all about community and coming together to help those in a time of transition. These
children matter to us! We are very passionate about this cause and have been overwhelmed at the businesses and organizations getting involved to make this a successful community-wide endeavor to reach these children in need!
Over 18,000 backpacks have been delivered in the past 4 years since the birth of this project.
MAVIS MAKING PARTIES!
The stuffed Mavis dogs are the calling card of Joy In The Cause. A special Mavis with a hand-made outfit accompanies every care packages delivered. Each special dog is sent out with a prayer and blessing. No Mavis dog is the same. And how do we create these outfits by the thousands? Many groups have “Mavis Making Parties!” When the community comes together for these parties it’s amazing to see what happens! JOY, fellowship, new friendships, an avenue of support, come onto the scene!
Many of our volunteers who come on board to help make Mavis outfits, have said “I found my purpose! I am using my talents and giving back to help others!” When they see where those little dogs go and the joy they bring, there is just no better feeling than knowing they had a part in it all.
It is amazing to see how many people truly want to help, and pay it forward. They just don’t know where to begin! involvement in dressing these little dogs, develop friendships and truly what happens cannot be described. It is incredible how much healing happens when a person steps outside of their box to help others. Giving = Joy, Joy = Hope, Hope = Healing. That’s what Joy In The Cause is all about. The full circle of how paying it forward heals the heart!
We have been approached by people who say we should mass market these Mavis dogs, already dressed and ready to go. To do that would be leaving out the most important part of the JOY equation… Community! That’s what makes these dogs so special! The process of getting them ready, the love that is poured into each one, and the prayers over each person that will be the recipient is what makes these dogs such a blessing.
Ask the Sand Springs 5th grade cheerleading squad who had a major impact on a community! Over 178 dogs sponsored in honor of their fellow student who was battling leukemia. They helped deliver dogs to patients undergoing chemo. These girls have been so touched by JOY that they continue to raise funds for more dogs! To date they have raised over $6000.00! A little group of cheerleaders on a mission of JOY! It just doesn’t get better than that!
We love our sponsors to get involved with us! We love for them to see first hand where their donations go! We post many pictures on our social media because we want you to see who is being helped because of the gracious gifts given. Many of our sponsors have gone with us to deliver stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs to patients. Truly some of the most precious moments are on the days when our sponsors are with us to see what they made possible. We love it!
We love our community! And we are excited about the wonderful opportunities that are on the horizon to get more of the community involved in spreading JOY! It’s an exciting time! We would love for you to join us!