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Joy room designed and installed by Joy Collaborative

We create life-enriching spaces

for youth with

life-limiting conditions

Because every child deserves a space that brings out their best

Joy Collaborative is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization serving youth in need.  We are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Young people enjoying the innovative Joy Room created to enrich their lives
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Joy Collaborative was inspired by a desire to champion for kids and youth living with conditions that limit their activity and often keep them isolated.  


Harnessing the power of design, we create one-of-a-kind "Joy Rooms" that bring delight, enhance independence, create community and foster well-being.

Corner of fantastical woodland themed Joy Room
Kid-friendly drawing wall of Joy Room
Youth hearing a story in a Joy Room

We are a partnership of impassioned doers and givers.


Designers, architects, builders, donors, volunteers and sponsors come together to transform environments from a place kids have to be to a setting where they — and others — want to be

In addition to helping individual families, Joy Rooms are  accessible to more than 5,000 kids through public spaces and facilities.

Our Impact


of Minnesota's youth under 18 are living
with a disability. 


of them live in the
7-county Metro Area


people can currently access Joy Rooms in the Twin Cities


  • Bringing kids hope 

  • Enhancing physical and mental health & well-being

  • Combatting social isolation

  • Facilitating daily living

  • Fostering community

Help us grow!
We are experiencing explosive growth
and need your help to continue our work
for kids with life-limiting conditions.  


No donation is too small. Every donation helps us provide spaces that can change the trajectory of children's lives.

It truly is JOY.

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Interior view of backyard playhouse Joy Room

Recent News

Backyard playhouse with zip line is wish come true for Minnesota boy with cystic fibrosis

Just about any kid would be thrilled to be gifted with an outdoor getaway that includes hammocks, a zip-line, a curving slide, a rock climbing wall, a library stocked with more than 300 graphic novels and even a secret door — accessed by pulling a hidden lever — that leads to an escape-hatch ladder. (Heck, even a few adults might think this sounds like a dream come true.)

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Children relaxing in the uniquely designed Joy Room

Get Involved

Help us spread joy.

We couldn't do this critical 

life-impacting work without the generous support from you. There are many ways you can help contribute — from donations to volunteer work.

Meet Mark Ostrom, Founder and Joy Maker

 "Working with Mark was a pleasure! He really listened to us to understand our mission and vision and partnered with us to create a space that fit with our culture and context. Mark sees things from a different and unique perspective; he looks at what a space could be and how to make that come to life."

Kyle Robinson, Eden Prairie Campus Pastor

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