In the fall of 2004, officials from the city of Kahovka, Ukraine contacted us requesting help establishing an orphanage in their city. None existed. We felt we were to do this. In September 2005, House of Joy opened its doors. This has been one of the most enjoyable journeys we have yet experienced. The children instantly found their way into our hearts. First, five children arrived and were soon followed by more, at one point reaching a capacity of 51 children, the most that law would allow.
Today, House of Joy is a beautiful, warm facility with seven floors, including a new kitchen and laundry facility. We have a soccer field with synthetic turf. Twice our boys’ team has won the city championship.
House of Joy exists because of the generosity of many people. It is truly a team effort, including a staff of 28 people. The purpose for the existence of House of Joy goes beyond providing shelter and clothing. It exists to help these beautiful young people know that God has a plan for their lives, and they are valuable and beautiful in our sight and in God’s eyes.