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West Lafayette's Joyful Journey lives up to its name

A West Lafayette not for profit is breathing new life into caregivers and those they serve. Two siblings explain why Joyful Journey was the perfect fit for their family.

Posted: Oct 19, 2017 4:29 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2017 4:29 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette not-for-profit is breathing new life into caregivers and those they serve. Two siblings explain why Joyful Journey was the perfect fit for their family.

Another day, another joyful journey for Theresa Morgan and her sister, Colleen.

"You know, we thought it would just be knowing she's safe," said Theresa. "But it has just been so much more than that."

When Colleen's breast cancer spread, Theresa thought she would probably have to quit her job to take care of her.

"I would have hated to leave it, but I was willing to do that if I needed to for my sister," said Theresa.

But she didn't need to, thanks to Joyful Journey, a not-for-profit adult day service in West Lafayette.

Colleen loves it there. She said it's fun and makes her feel safe.

"We're constantly laughing," said Colleen. 

She's either playing games or spectating some. 

"I love playing any of the trivia stuff," said Colleen. "There are some good athletes here."

Colleen has built some great friendships along the way.

"I hear all of their stories about what they went through and you know, how many grandchildren they have," said Colleen. At first I thought, nah, I'm not going there, but it turned out to be cool."

This was such a relief to Theresa. She said she loves to hear about Colleen's day.

"I keep telling her I'm going to write a sitcom about everything that's happening here," said Theresa. 

It's helped their relationship too. Before Joyful Journey, life was stressful.

"I was always asking, what does she need? What do you need from the store, what do you need at the house?" said Theresa.

But it's none of that anymore. Now, it's quality time. Theresa said nothing is more joyful.

Joyful Journey is currently looking for more volunteers. 

Cathy and Gerard Benner founded the program after Cathy's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2007.

They realized this type of service was needed in Greater Lafayette, so they opened the facility in 2015. 

"Unfortunately, her mom didn't make it long enough and she passed away before we got it opened," said Gerard Benner. "But her memory lives large here."

If you are interested in learning more about Joyful Journey or volunteering you can visit their site by clicking here.

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