Project Joy

Project Joy began in the Spring of 2010 when volunteers came together with a common goal of bringing joy to the hearts of children at Whaley Children’s Center. With this mission and a goal to brighten all walls with color and fill space with toys and games, we embarked on the Project Joy campaign. To date, our family game room has undergone a complete transformation. It hosts bright colored walls, new carpet, a library and ample play equipment providing a happy and fun space for our children to heal and grow. Also, 18 of the 48 children’s bedrooms have been given makeovers. They have received fresh and bright paint for the bedroom walls and new, safe and comfortable furniture. New tile has also been laid in the Mott Cottages along with new couches and dining room tables.


Get Involved:

You do not have to be an artist, carpenter or interior designer; you just have to have the heart! If you would like to share your time and talent to help bring joy to Whaley Children’s Center, please contact the development department at 810-234-3603. If you would like to make a donation to the Project Joy campaign, please click here.


Project Joy Committee

The Project Joy Committee is the driving force of remodeling Whaley Children’s Center.  We thank them for their time and dedication to serving youth at Whaley Children’s Center.


Phase 1:
Our Optimist, Kiwanis and Zonta group homes underwent bedroom makeovers in the spring of 2010.


Phase 2:
In the winter 2012, we broke ground on the renovation of our family game room. We raised $30,000 while Baker College interior design students planned the design and décor of this common space. Throughout the summer, construction crews and our staff worked to transform a once bare family room to a vibrant den for the children to enjoy. The family game room was completed in February 2013.


Phase 3
Renovations to our family dining room was completed in the summer of 2013. The area is used for large meals, parties and activities with volunteer groups. With calming walls and colorful tables and chairs, this space will help create many positive memories for our children.


Phase 4
After a fabulous Tux & Tennies Gala in 2013, we raised enough money to completely renovate our entire McDonald Cottage, eight bedrooms, a living room and a kitchenette, with new flooring, paint, and furniture. Our Hall of Honor was also updated with new paint and carpet.


Future Plans
We have begun working in both the Johnson and Vemco Cottages installing new flooring and paint; however, with each bedroom costing approximately $3000, we still need community support to raise the funds necessary to complete the project. Another project scheduled to be completed is the renovation of our parlor—the first room a child sees when they arrive at Whaley Children’s Center. We are hoping with the support of our great committee and the community we will be able to completely transform our Center into a happy, bright and safe home for the kids who love with us each year!


Project Joy Committee

Mrs. Kali Weber – Founder, Zoie Sky Foundation

Mrs. Deb Gerard – Interior Design Program Director, Baker College

Ms. Kylie Gates – Live Events Manager, Townsquare Media

Ms. Denise Alick – Proprietor, Samadhi Yoga Center

Mrs. Jennifer Koester – Community Volunteer