Fire up the computer and get ready to play - Joseph's newly renovated video themed room is game on!
Joseph is a lovely, smart and very well-mannered eighteen-year old whose favorite thing to do is hang out with his friends and play video games online.
Born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that is characterized by multiple joint contractures and can include muscle weakness and a number of rare conditions characterized by stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles, Joseph is non-ambulatory but that does not slow him down! Joseph views his disability as an opportunity to find new ways of doing things that you and I likely take for granted. Joseph has endured multiple surgeries for club feet, scoliosis, his femur and wrist - but you won't find him complaining to his friends. He just rolls right through life with a smile that lights up a room.
When deciding on the theme for his room - we decided to keep it grown up and just add highlights of his favorite game, Wizards 101. We are so grateful to TVIA for donating the art for Joseph's new room.
When Joseph is not on his computer, he's attending Clairmont High school where he enjoys studying English and his favorite author, Edgar Allan Poe. He will earn his high-school diploma next year.
Joseph was an inspiration to the teens who helped transform his room and we know his future will be bright!
Thank you Gina and wonderful teens and supportive parents from TVIA for helping us complete our 44th room makeover. Thank you for your dedication, passion and commitment and for making this Sweet Dream Makeover possible for Joseph.
Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA)
Thank you to Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) for helping us transform another space for children with special needs in San Diego! We absolutely love working with this wonderful organization and we couldn't be happier about this group of six amazing teen boys donating their Saturday to help a fellow teenager!
These teens were immediately set to work - unloading the van, assembling the storage unit, building a desk and more! We are always impressed with the quality of the teenagers who are helping us! It is just a pleasure to hear from these teens on how this project impacts their lives and why they volunteer.
Teen Volunteers in Action is an organization of young men who, together with their families, participate in structured programs of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development. TVIA believe that through volunteer projects like Cecily's Closet, these young men will grow up to become strong community leaders. We had seven teens help with every aspect of the room – from painting the closet, to building the furniture, cleaning, and interviewing the family. We would like to commend them for their hard-work and we look forward to working with TVIA in the future!