Sept 27 Fundraising Event – save the date

Fundraising Event Sept 27

Shirley Fredlund

Dear Friends,

Our Shirley, My Love, My Best Friend, My Life and My Wife passed Monday

There will be no services, we are holding a Celebration of Life on
Saturday October 19, 2013, in New Milford.

Those who cannot attend and would like to send a message please do so.
If it is to be private please note it and only the family will able to
view it.


Frank Ruiz

2013 Myra Kraft Award Recipient – Shirley Fredlund VfJ

"VfJ  Shirley Fredlund receiving Patriots award

Twenty-six volunteers from across New England were honored as Myra Kraft Community MVPs in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium on June 12. Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Patriots Charitable Foundation President Josh Kraft, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director or Community Affairs Andre Tippett, Patriots quarterback

Tom Brady, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, punter Zoltan Mesko and defensive linemen Vince Wilfork were all on hand to congratulate the winners, who were collectively awarded $200,000 in grants for their charities.
The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards place a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. Annually, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation host the awards program as part of the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in honor Myra Kraft’s example of being a lifelong volunteer. The 2013 MVPs represent all six New England states, a variety of nonprofit organizations and range from 15-92 years old.

“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our communities,” said Robert Kraft. “Unfortunately, they often go unrecognized for their contributions. These awards give us a chance to thank and recognize them. What I love most about this event is the touching stories and the opportunity to show a small token of our appreciation to these outstanding individuals.”

Full Press Release

ALS Support Group Meeting

ALS Information Night.      All Welcome.

Bethel Health Care Facility
13 Park Lawn Drive
Bethel, CT 06801

2nd Wednesday of  Every Month
4:00 P.M-5:30 P.M.

For More Information
Please Call:   Mary @ (203)947-0875 or Shirley @ (860)350-9034

Thanks – VfJ Fundraising Event

May 28, 2013

Voice for Joanie, Inc.
“”Bringing a Voice to the Voiceless””

Voice for Joanie, Inc. extends a grateful thank you to the following for their generous support of our recent May 18th Pizza, Pasta and Dessert fundraiser:

Big Y, Boston Red Sox, Emalyn Sweets, Il Colosseo, Joe’s Salon + Spa, Magic by Danny Diamond, Magic Marty Steinberg, New York Yankees, Panera Bread, RNM Entertainment-DJ, Union Savings Bank, VFW Post No. 1672, and Glenn Wilson, DMD, NY Jets, News-Times, Knights of Columbus Council #40, Webster Thomas, NY Giants, The Vita Family and WalMart, Connecticut Family Chiropractic.

A special thank you to the people who attended our event and made it such a huge success! Their support, combined with the contributions, and the on-going commitment of our volunteers, enable us to continue our pledge to supply free-of-charge speech technology to the paralyzed victims of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Founded in 1990, Voice for Joanie has been “bringing a voice to the voiceless” to nearly 1000 persons in Connecticut and nearby states who have been paralyzed and left unable to speak by ALS and other debilitating diseases. Without our supporters, Voice for Joanie’s life-changing work for ALS victims and their families would not be possible.

Shirley A. Fredlund
Volunteer Executive Director

VfJ Fundraising Event – May 18, 2013

Happy Easter – Tom’s Art

Happy Easter 2013 from Tom


The microphone has helped me communicate more with my family, especially all my nieces.

Thank you ,


Learn more about Tom and his art

In Memory of Jesse M. Lewis

December 22, 2012

It is with a mixture of profound gratitude and unbearable grief that I thank you for your generous contribution made in memory of Jesse M. Lewis who lost his life on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It was Jesse’s mother, Scarlett, who decided on our organization as the beneficiary of the outpouring of love for Jesse. This special six-year-old boy not only loved horses but, no matter where he was, Jesse would ask his mother if they could pray for our mutual friend, Bobby, a victim of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Scarlett has asked me to forward her personal appreciation for your contribution. Your gift is also in memory of Scarlett’s grandmother, Nancy Coggin, who died in August, 1990, from ALS.

For more than 23 years, Voice for Joanie, Inc. has provided the gift of speech to more than 900 desperate sufferers of ALS — a progressive, fatal, devastating disease that causes complete paralysis. There is no known cause and no known cure. It does not discriminate, affecting men and women from all ethnic backgrounds and all walks of life by afflicting them with muscle weakness and robbing them of their ability to communicate.

Thanks to the dedication of our all-volunteer staff, the generosity of donors like you, and our commitment to “bringing a voice to the voiceless,” Voice for Joanie supplies — free of charge — the best available technology to those in need. Your support is crucial to our mission to help ensure that victims of ALS, and other debilitating diseases, no longer suffer in silence.

On behalf of the Lewis Family and the ALS sufferers you will help, God bless you for your generosity.


Shirley A. Fredlund

Founder and Volunteer Executive Director

Well Spouse Public Service Video

The Well Spouse ™ Association is a peer-to-peer support group for spouses and partners of chronically ill/injured individuals. We are not disease specific – our focus is on caring for the Well Spouse suffering the unique loss of their best friend, partner and lover.

We offer on-line forums for discussion, local support group meetings, telephone support meetings, mentoring, newsletters, respite weekends and an annual conference.

Join our family at (free on-line for one year!). You are not alone!

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser

May 16, 2012

Voice for Joanie would like to thank the following for their generous support for our Pizza, Pasta and Dessert fund-raising event at the VFW Post 1672 in New Milford .

Glenn Wilson, DMD, Joe’s Salon and Spa, Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury,  NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Emalyn Sweets, Coffee News, VFW Post No. 1672,  Knights of Columbus Council , Magic Marty Steinberg, RNM Entertainment-DJ, Magic by Danny Diamond, Panarera Bread, Stop & Shop, Big Y, Il Colesso, Emalyn Sweets, and the Little Theatre of New Milford.

These contributions will help significantly in our campaign to finance purchases of new speech technology for the paralyzed victims of Lou Gehrig’s disease. We would also like to thank all our many friends who attended the event, and who continue to provide valuable help as volunteers and patrons.

Founded in 1990, Voice for Joanie has provided computer technology to help “bring a voice to the voiceless”  to more than 900 persons in Connecticut and nearby Massachusetts and New York who have been paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other debilitating diseases. Donations and volunteer support enable us to provide this expensive technology to our clients without charge and tailored to their special needs.

Shirley A. Fredlund

Volunteer Executive Director

Voice for Joanie, Inc.

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People with ALS

Michael Zaslow
Michael Zaslow
Catfish Hunter
Catfish Hunter
Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

Joanie was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
ALS ( Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system which causes degeneration in both upper and lower motor neurons and results in muscle weakness.

November 10 , VFJ on CPTV

Power of Giving

A New Milford woman dedicates her life to helping those who cannot communicate due to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. By supplying computers and software, she has single-handedly helped hundreds of people to regain their voices, and maintain their independence.

Video of VFJ Segment on CPTV

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