For the 17th year in a row, Joni and Friends has been designated a Best Christian Workplace for parachurch and missions organizations.
Certified by the Best Christian Workplace Institute, this outstanding recognition honors the healthy workplace culture and Christian leadership of the organization and is validated through employee survey results.
As Joni and Friends engages employees and nurtures healthy teams, the ministry continues to see growth in service and outreach for people living with disability.
“Culture means a great deal to us at Joni and Friends, and it’s why we value employee response to the Best Christian Workplace survey. We strive to help our teams feel well-equipped, resourced, and supported to do their jobs well and the CBCW survey provides great employee input so we can make good, solid decisions” said Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, and CEO. “Plus, I love that our Joni and Friends teams feel motivated, and engaged and that they have a voice in helping to shape the ministry goals of our organization!”
Joni and Friends was founded in 1979 by Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17. Ministry began as she responded to letters from people challenged by disability in search of support.
Over more than 40 years, the organization has grown to serve thousands of people worldwide:
More than 215,000 wheelchairs and Bibles have been distributed through the Wheels for the World program, 64,000 special needs family members have been encouraged at Retreats & Getaways, disability ministry training, and higher education have been provided through the Christian Institute on Disability, and complete Christ-centered care is offered through new Joni’s House international disability centers worldwide.
President and COO of Joni and Friends, Laura Gardner, stated, “Joni and Friends has a God-sized vision: a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. To fulfill this vision, we are truly blessed with employees that have a heart for Christ and those living with disabilities around the world. Our employees and their commitment to a Christ-centered culture make Joni and Friends a Best Christian Workplace.”