Joyce 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.