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"You must experience Joy’s storytelling to truly feel what storytelling is all about."
"Her stories keep the residents spellbound, her voice mesmerizes them."
"They talk about her stories and remember her stories, when many of them often can’t remember what they had for lunch just an hour before."
Mesmerizing in Joy’s storytelling is what captures your heart and mind. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to hear Joy speak to our residents and volunteers. Her voice portrays that of a time when we can only imagine what it must have been like to live in that era. Through words she draws pictures in our mind.
My favorite stories are that of two little girls Mabel and Sarah Jane who seem to always get into some sort of trouble. Picturing these two little girl’s back in the old days brings memories of yesteryears and wishing sometimes that things were still that way today. She reminds us how simple things used to be and how difficult we can sometimes make things nowadays.
Joy has shared many inspiring stories in our community and has touched each life individually without even knowing how she has impacted one’s life. To take the time and gently hold one’s hand or to look into the eyes with a caring look can make all the difference in one’s being.
You must experience Joy’s storytelling to truly feel what storytelling is all about. It is different than reading a book or listening to a book on tape. True compassion comes out of the person (Joy) that is portraying the stories, a heartfelt connection with the characters, the realization of joys and sorrows, life’s little lessons, and the compassion that we need to have for one another, a reminder of God’s Love.
We are all given special gifts that are within us and Joy’s gift is that of storytelling. Our residents of Dock Woods Community which include independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, and dementia have all experienced Joy’s storytelling and their hearts have been rekindled and amused even if it is just for a short time for some. Growing old is a part of our life and knowing that there are people in the world like Joy sharing her special gift of storytelling with all of us seals our faith in sharing God’s love with one another.
Julie Moyer, Director of Volunteers
In her soothing voice, Joy makes you feel like you are right there at the place where the story is taking place. It is all right around you. She knows the stories so well, she definitely has a gift. The skilled residents that I work with can be a challenge to entertain, but in a group of 25 residents, they are all interested and attentive. They talk about her stories, remember her stories, when many of them often can’t remember what they had for lunch an hour before. One resident in particular, B., mentioned how she could relate to the stories you tell of Mabel and Sara Jane. And it was the staff that asked me to have Joy tell a story for the Christmas program this past year.
Kim Halteman, Activities Coordinator, Skilled Nursing Facility
“I could just listen to her all day!” She’s wonderful! Joy has her audience focused totally on her, keeps them with her every step of the way as the story moves on. It’s a great thing for the residents. It helps them go back in time and remember things they hadn’t thought of in a while – good times for them, times when they were an active and vibrant person. Her stories keep them spellbound, her voice mesmerizes them. I like her voice.
Gerry Moore, Activities Coordinator, Personal Care Facility
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