Our History

Highlights of Achievement and Growth

Over the past eleven years, Resounding Joy has achieved many of its goals toward the expansion of its mission. Below are some of the more significant milestones.

2004

  • Dr. Barbara Reuer, music therapist, clinical internship director and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., and member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, California, started a church outreach named Resounding Faith Ministry after Wheat Ridge Ministries granted $38,000 to develop a program to serve the music therapy needs of San Diego older adults in skilled nursing residences over the course of two years.
  • Thirty members from two churches immediately trained to become volunteers who would provide recreational music to some of the neediest older adults in San Diego.
  • A decade later, this initial older-adult outreach officially became the Mindful Music recreational music program.

2005

  • Resounding Faith Ministry changed its name to Resounding Joy and incorporated as a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $47,000.

2006

  • An annual fundraising strategy included a gala and a benefit concert.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $27,000.

2007

  • Resounding Joy implemented the Sound Minds music therapy program at Mark Twain High School in San Diego in an effort to engage teen parents and their young children in family-bonding and preschool-development activities.
  • Resounding Joy contracted a grant writer to help develop major funding.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $54,000.

2008

  • First 5 Commission of San Diego granted $75,000 to expand the Sound Minds program to three additional high schools.
  • Resounding Joy became a member of California Association of Nonprofits.
  • Las Patronas all-volunteer philanthropic organization granted $8,000.
  • Resounding Joy engaged in a one-time outreach to take music therapy to a children’s hospital in Cambodia.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $67,000.

2009

  • The San Diego Unified School District granted $9,000 to the Sound Minds program.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $109,000.

2010

  • The San Diego County Office of Education granted $6,000 to expand the Sound Minds program to two additional high schools.
  • The San Diego Unified School District granted $9,000 to the Sound Minds program.
  • The Jubilation Foundation granted $5,000 to use music and dance to positively impact the lives of young people in the Sound Minds program.
  • The Semper Fi Fund provided seed money to develop the Semper Sound music therapy program for active-duty military and veterans.
  • Resounding Joy merged with another nonprofit organization, Healing Notes.
  • Healing Notes became the name of the Resounding outreach program to deliver music therapy to children in medical care.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $87,000.

2011

  • A series of local music-talent house concerts helped to raise operational funds.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $168,000.

2012

  • The Semper Fi Fund provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program.
  • The Wounded Warrior Project awarded a grant to develop a Semper Sound program at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
  • Resounding Joy established headquarters in a suite of offices in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California, to accommodate both administrative and community-event activities.
  • Wheat Ridge Ministries granted $42,500 to purchase musical instruments for use in the Healing Notes, Mindful Music, Semper Sound, and Sound Mind programs.
  • A group of 13 music therapists and Resounding Joy volunteer Joy Givers engaged in a one-time outreach to take music therapy to hospitals and support centers in India.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $162,000.

2013

  • The Semper Fi Fund provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program.
  • The Wounded Warrior Project awarded a grant to develop a Semper Sound program at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
  • A series of nine local music-talent concerts helped to raise operational funds.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $298,000.

2014

  • Resounding Joy celebrated its tenth anniversary.
  • The Semper Fi Fund provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program.
  • The Wounded Warrior Project provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
  • The formerly unnamed older-adult recreational music outreach officially became the Mindful Music program.
  • Programs delivered services to 10,000 contacts this year and 75,000 contacts to date!
  • Volunteer Joy Givers donated 1,134 hours of their time this year to the Mindful Music program.
  • Volunteer Junior Joy Givers attended 12 interactive training sessions this year in the Mindful Music program.
  • Resounding Joy expanded to the East Coast with the help of two contractors.
  • A new classification of volunteers began working behind the scenes.
  • Resounding Joy retained the services of a media relations contractor.
  • Annual contributions, gifts, grants totaled $362,000.

2015

  • The Semper Fi Fund provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program.
  • The Wounded Warrior Project provided funds to sustain the Semper Sound program at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
  • Resounding Joy began promoting the Heart of a Child benefit concert to raise sustaining funds for the Healing Notes program.
  • Former behind-the-scene volunteers embraced a new name for themselves: Joy Makers.
  • Resounding Joy retained the services of a graphic design and web development contractor.
  • A professional fund development director joined the staff.
  • The Resounding Joy website underwent redevelopment to become responsive to mobile devices.