While attending a family reunion, Mount Saint Mary Academy sophomore Joy Mulzoff learned about Doxa, an organization which facilitates trips for groups to engage in service projects and the construction of homes for disadvantaged families in Mexico.

“Our family thought it was a great idea to participate and we immediately wanted to find out when we could do it,” said Joy, adding that her cousin’s husband has worked with Doxa.

When asked why she felt called to participate, she said, “Service is one of my favorite things to do, especially with those that I love. It’s become a big part of my life, and I love the feeling of helping those who need it. I feel that participating in service is one of my purposes in life. So, when I had the opportunity to build a house for a family, I knew I had to do it!”

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Joy and her family were in Tijuana, Mexico for four days, arriving on Holy April 18 and leaving on the morning of Easter Sunday.

“The experience was so fun, and it was nice to be around such hardworking people,” she said. “It was a big reality check and it made me realize that I should appreciate how fortunate I am. It felt so good and heartwarming to pass the keys of the house on to the family. I had such a good time with my family and the family that we were building the house for that I was sad when we had to leave.”

“Building someone’s home is so special and meaningful, and I would love to do it again in the future,” she added.

At Mount Saint Mary Academy, Joy is a member of the Operation Smile Club. She is also involved in Teens for Teens, a charity organization that aids less fortunate teenagers in the state of New Jersey.