About the Joy Project
The Joy Project is a non-profit, grassroots organization based on the philosophy of using real-world, workable solutions to end the epidemic of eating disorders. We work towards reducing the rate and severity of eating disorders by supporting and conducting research, education, and support programs.
The Joy Project seeks to empower individuals with eating disorders to be active participants in their own recovery. We aim to bring the consumer/survivor voice to the forefront of the eating disorder field.
The Joy Project hosts free support programs in the Twin Cities area. We also conduct research aimed at understanding the experience and perspective of people who have lived with eating disorders, in order to inform the larger research and treatment community. In addition, we work to change national policies that impact treatment access and treatment modalities.
The goal of The Joy Project is to fill in the gaps caused by inadequate access to eating disorder treatment, and create a dialogue between researchers, treatment professionals, and those affected by eating disorders, in order to foster a better understanding of how to help people not only recover, but remain recovered. The Joy Project empowers eating disordered individuals by allowing them to use their own experience to advocate for themselves and others, and to create a community of support and hope among those who share the illness. The Joy Project’s all volunteer staff are dedicated individuals who truly believe that people with eating disorders can move beyond their illness to be strong, empowered, unique, and accomplished individuals. Numerous services are provided by The Joy Project at no cost, and we continue to work with other agencies and researchers to develop new, more cost-effective treatment approaches.