Ann Pirttima recalls watching the local news a few years back and marveling at the reporter on her screen. She recognized the name for sure. And the big bright smile. But could that really be the boy she provided speech therapy to over three decades ago? Turns out the grown-up reporter speaking so eloquently, was…
Families at Joya
Joya Child & Family Development provides more than care for children. We help build families that become advocates for their children for the rest of their lives. These families aren’t just moms and dads. They’re brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, grandparents and aunts and uncles. They’re groups that support children and build paths for them to follow as they grow and thrive.
Joya started in 1960 as the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center when the Guilds, a group of caring women, started providing respite care for families of children with developmental disabilities. Since then, our organization has grown from volunteer-led to a Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence staffed by certified teachers, therapists, pediatric nurses, a pediatrician, and social workers. Each year, we serve nearly 300 children in Spokane County, providing comprehensive expertise and resources that help kids and families thrive.
Because of partners in the community, our families receive dependable, compassionate care.
For nearly 60 years, our purpose has been simple: to nurture the full potential of families and their children. We have focused on care with the most impact, creating a distinctive model worth replicating across the country. To keep our promise to help more children and families dealing with delays and disabilities today and in the future, we need community support from individuals, companies, and institutions.
The dedication of our staff is not enough. Joya Child & Family Development cannot offer this exceptional care without the community behind us. Every year, philanthropy supports 40% of our expenses, far higher than most social service nonprofits in Spokane.
There are many ways you can make a meaningful gift to Joya. Our donors, both large and small, help support the increasing number of families and children who need access to our life-changing program.
From staffing our annual Penny Drive to assisting with yard work on our campus, there are many ways you can help Joya fulfill its mission. Please call or email for more information on specific volunteer opportunities throughout the year.