ABOUT JOYFUL CONNECTIONSJoyful Connections has four visitation rooms
Joyful Connections has four visitation rooms, all complete with a table and chairs and living room furniture. Each room has toys, and all visitors have access to games, books, puzzles and craft supplies.
- Sheila Powell, Executive Director
- Miss Shanna, Program Manager
- Miss Ashley, Supervised Visitation Monitor
- Miss Debbie, Supervised Visitation Monitor
- Miss Kathy, Supervised Visitation Monitor
- Miss Shelly, Supervised Visitation Monitor
- Miss Tami, Supervised Visitations Monitor
Joyful Connections is open 7 days a week.
Visits and exchanges are by appointment only.
HISTORY OF JOYFUL CONNECTIONS
When the Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2007 began to think about their class community project, they sought information from various individuals about the needs within the County. One need that was identified was the need for a place where children could be kept safe and free from conflict while estranged or divorced parents exchanged children for visitation.
The LOC Class of 2007 understood the need and decided to make their class project one that would educate the public on the sometimes precarious and unhealthy position that children are placed in when parents divorce. Their goal was to find a nucleus of concerned citizens that would take up the cause and follow through with opening a supervised visitation and supervised exchange center. The result of the project was a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, secure, and home-like environment where children’s visits with a non-custodial parent are supervised and children can visit without fear or threat of violence and where children can be exchanged for visitation in a supervised setting without witnessing conflict and physical abuse between parents. In October 2008, Joyful Connections opened its doors for service, and since that time, the need for services has grown steadily.