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CHRONIC JOY®

Making a difference one precious life at a time.

aka Chronic Joy Ministry   |   Waukesha, WI   |  https://chronic-joy.org
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CHRONIC JOY®

EIN: 81-1744132


Mission

Making a difference ONE precious life at a time. Perhaps today, that ONE life is yours. Chronic Joy is a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability by providing accessible, easy-to-use, faith-based educational resources and publications.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Pamela Piquette

Co Principal Officer

Cindee Snider Re

Main address

1015 Lemira Cir

Waukesha, WI 53188 USA

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EIN

81-1744132

Subject area info

Christianity

Population served info

Children

Preteens

Adolescents

Adults

Christians

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NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chronic Joy is a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability by providing accessible, easy-to-use, faith-based educational resources and publications. Those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability are often isolated, lonely, and forgotten about. We extend a warm invitation to receive encouragement through our inspiring blog posts, You Get Mail! program, to get involved with creative service opportunities in faith-based educational materials on our website, Chronic Joy Publications, and free printables. We raise awareness through print and online resources of the significant impact of chronic illness on every aspect of life. Prayer is the heartbeat and foundation of Chronic Joy. We know that whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer is important. Making a difference, one precious life at a time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

You Get Mail!

Too often, those affected by chronic illness and pain are often isolated, lonely, and forgotten. Our You Get Mail! program is an invitation to sign up to receive free, professionally designed and printed, old-school, #PenToPaper snail mail throughout the year. These envelopes of hope are chock-full of free resources, flat cards to send to others, and a reminder that those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, and chronic pain are remembered and loved. When recipients provide birthdays, well send a special mailing to celebrate! When recipients find our envelopes in their mailboxes, their souls do a little happy dance before they open the envelope. Safe & Secure Sign-Ups for Adults, Teens, and Children.

Resources for putting #PenToPaper and for #ConnectByText are available on our website.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
People with diseases and illnesses

Gifted - Books and Kindness Boxes
Sometimes, we just need to know that someone cares. Do you need to rekindle hope, find purpose, embrace your infinite worth, or revitalize your marriage? Or are you ready to step out in faith as a leader? We invite you to choose one book as our free gift just for you.

Our Gift of Hope program has quietly grown over the years and now offers a choice of a free book from a selection of five titles on our growing list of publications. One free book. One intentional gift. One precious life at a time.

(Surprise) Kindness boxes filled with a handmade prayer shawl, flat cards, and one of our publications are sent to those struggling.

Our free printables are resources, tips, and tools to encourage and inspire everyone affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability. We have more than 200 encouraging, FREE printables, with more on the way. There's something for everyone!

Population(s) Served
Christians
People with diseases and illnesses

KINDNESS MULTIPLIED When we are kind and generous with ourselves, we can pour kindness and love into others. Take time and take care of yourself because you are God's beloved.

We provide free, accessible resources in five key areas: body, mind, emotions, soul, and community.

Free resources include:
#StepRepPray
Grief In the Midst of Grief
Laughter
Trauma Soul Care
Emotions Wheel
Devotionals
Lets Pray
Intentional Kindness#PassItOn
Radical Community

Population(s) Served
Christians
People with diseases and illnesses

Be Brave. Be Curious. Create! Though few of us would call ourselves creative, that amazing grace gift is woven straight into our DNA. As we engage with God, He ignites our curiosity, waking us to wonder and the joy of possibility. Today, be brave. Be curious. Create!

Free resources to spark your creativity include:
Allegory
Contemplative Coloring
Crafts, Yarn Arts & More
Joy of Photography
Poetry
Metaphors

Population(s) Served
Christians
People with diseases and illnesses

Let's Pray is an invitation to develop your own prayer care plan. Slow down. Breathe deep. Draw near to God, experiencing His Presence in abundant, exceptional, and wildly generous ways.

In addition, we invite you to share your prayer requests in the judgment-free zone of our Prayer Pond. While we love to pray for you by name, we've included an anonymous option because we understand that sometimes just the effort to share a request is vulnerable and hard. At Chronic Joy, we pray for you. We pray over every request.

Resources for developing your prayer care plan include:
Axe Head Prayer
Devotionals
Breath Prayers
Holy Attention
Lament
Lectio Divina
Pain & Compassion
Praying Continually
Prayer of Examen
Praying the Psalms
Prayer Journaling
Prayer Pond
Prayer Shawls
Questions of Jesus
Show Me, Lord
Suffering & Joy

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

A global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability by providing accessible, easy-to-use, faith-based educational tools and resources.

Statistics show that either you or someone you love is affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability – far more people than most realize.

Together, as we raise awareness, increase knowledge, and utilize educational materials tailored, we will also be shattering stigma and isolation, reminding each other and ourselves that there is hope. There is always hope.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Caregivers, Christians

Related Program

Gift of Hope

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gifted - Books and Kindness Boxes: We provide our publications and surprise boxes of hope one at a time to those who need them most.

You Get Mail!

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Throughout the year, envelopes of encouragement, including flat cards, "how-to- guides and creative ways that people can get involved.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Removing barriers and taking steps to be more inclusive. It's about kindness in action and loving one another.

The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board. (Ephesians 3:6)

For many it seems like there are more barriers and hurdles than ever before, and simple kindness is in short supply. We will continue to make our comprehensive tools and resources easy to access and easy to use. We will implement a strategy of invitation and highlight our resources one-by-one on social media, in our blog emails, newsletters, on our website, in our #PenToPaper mailings, and through our donor relations.

Raise awareness of the overwhelming impact of chronic illness
Shatter the overwhelming sense of isolation, loneliness, and being forgotten about
Shift and broaden perspectives about accessibility and inclusion
Develop faith-based tools, materials and educational resources
Foster thriving communities for those affected by chronic illness
Facilitate the development of chronic illness ministries in churches and organizations as well as independent small groups in homes, coffee shops, hospitals, libraries, on college campuses, anywhere people gather to share life and discover hope.

EDUCATION
Providing faith-based educational materials through:

Resources for chronic illness, mental illness, caregivers, parents, children, teens, leaders, and churches.
Comprehensive, thoughtfully developed, faith-based, and meaningful web pages.
Library of curated books.
Accessible posts and devotionals written and narrated.
Chronic Joy Publications includes studies, devotionals, devotional memoirs, and companion resources.
200+ free printables.
Free, high-res, faith-based images available for immediate download.

We will implement a strategy of invitation and highlight our resources one-by-one on social media, in our blog emails, newsletters, on our website, in our #PenToPaper mailings, and through our donor relations.

Provide daily encouragement across social media platforms and our website.
Provide access to free awareness materials
Provide tools and resources for broadening service opportunities for those affected by chronic illness.
Provide resources, tools, and insight for churches to begin Chronic Joy programs within their walls.
Grassroots snail mail to children, teens, and adults, inspiring them to offer encouraging notes to others.
Since we are wired to serve, we aim to provide simple, small, and meaningful ways those affected by chronic illness can serve - in spite of or because of - illness.

EDUCATION
Resources for chronic illness, mental illness, caregivers, parents, children, teens, leaders, and churches.
Comprehensive, thoughtfully developed, faith-based, and meaningful web pages.
Library of curated books.
Accessible posts and devotionals written and narrated.
Chronic Joy Publications includes studies, devotionals, devotional memoirs, and companion resources.
200+ free printables.
Free, high-res, faith-based images available for immediate download.

Our website is a hub of resources for those affected by chronic illness and churches providing streamlined, at-your-fingertips tools to thrive in a life with chronic illness.

Our passion for helping others as we have been helped by the grace of God.

We continue the grassroots method of impacting those affected by chronic illness, one-by-one-by-one. Through our You Get Mai! program, we send thousands of old-school #PenToPaper notes reminding each person in our database of his/her value, worth, and identity from Christ. Our birthday mailing makes a significant impact because each person is not forgotten on his/her special day.

Pray provides the guidance and the power propelling each next step.

We have created a supportive community and published three of our planned THRIVE series (Discovering Hope, Finding Purpose, and Embracing Worth) and the first book in the Abide Series, I Take You in Sickness & in Health. As part of Chronic Joy Publishing, we have eight published books, studies, devotional, devotional memoir, and companion resources,

More and more people visit our website and subscribe to email lists.

New volunteers, writers, and creative contributors link arms with us.

New churches add Chronic Joy programs within their walls.

Those affected by chronic illness completed a simple survey about his/her experience with chronic illness and how the church responds to and supports those affected by chronic illness.

Broaden our reach by inviting new volunteers, ministry partners, and members of the Chronic Joy.

Implementing and developing greater accessibility and inclusivity for all those impacted by chronic illness and mental illness.
Audio
New materials for children, teens, and young adults
New content - anxiety, creative sparks, Let's Pray (multiple webpages and guides), development of and launch of
Radical Community, and a comprehensive and invitational giving program.
Dozens of free, accessible, printable "How-to"guides.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

CHRONIC JOY®

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CHRONIC JOY®

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $22,703
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $1,876
Total Revenue $24,579
Expenses
Program Services $16,651
Administration $3,565
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $20,217

CHRONIC JOY®

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $30,991
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $30,991

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, is a leader and a visionary following God's calI to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed. Chronic illness is hard, but there is hope. There is always hope!

Co Principal Officer

Cindee Snider Re

Cindee Snider Re, Co-Founder, is a writer, photographer, wife, and mama of five, whose work experience includes: communications, marketing, and volunteer management for the Arthritis Foundation, WI Chapter, copy-editing for Narada Productions, and content writing and photography for several ministry organizations and publications, including The High Calling, Outside the City Gate, and C'est la Vie, The Magazine. Cindee and four of her five children are diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, Dysautonomia, and myriad co-morbid conditions. She and her husband currently serve as patient representatives on a board of physicians and research scientists developing the Pediatric Consensus Statement on Orthostatic Intolerance Disorders.

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CHRONIC JOY®

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Pamela Piquette

Jan VanKooten

Cindee Re

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes