Joyce Hayes: Epitome of Motherhood

Joyce Hayes_mothers day_1Joyce Hayes first came to GLIDE in 1971 as a church member and soon became instrumental in developing our early children’s programs, which later became the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) in 1991.

While at GLIDE, Joyce has served many roles, from resident writer to Youth Program Director, to foster mother to more than 87 kids from the community. “Joyce is not only the epitome of what motherhood means, she has also demonstrated what unconditional love, patience and consistency can do to save the lives of children,” says Founding President, Janice Mirikitani.

In 2001, Joyce received the prestigious Congressional Angels in Adoption award for her commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families. Today, she continues to provide youth a place to learn, grow, and be loved. “I do it because the need is there,” she says.

Joyce was honored for her decades of work and motherhood at DOIN’ GOOD, the 2012 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam. Several of the children she had once fostered, now adults, presented Joyce with a special acknowledgement for her role in their life success.

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Joyce Hayes_GAHJ_3On behalf of the entire GLIDE family, thank you Joyce, and all GLIDE moms, for exemplifying unconditional love every day! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Joyce Hayes, celebrating life, love and GLIDE with @doricamino and @edenchanstreetscooper at the 2014 Holiday Jam. A retro photo of Joyce Hayes, a true GLIDE hero, who so strongly believed in supporting children and providing them with stability, education and #unconditionallove. GLIDE regrets to tell our community that Joyce Hayes, an icon in our history and childcare program, passed away on Tuesday, 5/23/2017. Her life, love and legacy will not be forgotten. 
Please take a moment to read this tribute to our beloved "Joy": glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/in-memory-of-joyce-hayes-the-heartbeat-of-glides-fycc/ Shout-out @blueshieldofca volunteers! Our Harm Reduction Team always needs people to help assemble safer injection kits. Distributing these kits to our community members who inject drugs greatly reduces the spread of Hep C and HIV. It's about #publichealth and recognizing the dignity and human rights of ALL people living in our city! #harmreduction #cleansharps

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