Black Dresses & Blueprints – Celebrating Joy Lynskey
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With a natural ability to envision, communicate and execute creative ideas, Joy Lynskey is a well-recognized talent in the world of interior design. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Jewel Toned Interiors (JTI), an award-winning interior design studio located in Fort Lauderdale.
Her team is dedicated to creating spaces that invigorate, inspire, and emotionally resonate with their audience. Joy’s passion for design and community has led her to the development of a two-prong-focused business: interior design and social responsibility.
The JTI Team participates and fundraises annually for Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. They recently completed their first bedroom makeover for a Make-A-Wish recipient and work with an extensive list of clients to provide beautifully designed residential buildings for low-income families.
A Caring Grandmother
Cindy Bizier fretted incessantly about her grandson’s care, worried the boy would chase his yellow dump truck into the street or wander too close to the canal while his mother, Autumn, who struggled with drugs, wasn’t watching.
So the anguished grandmother did something extraordinary: She called child welfare authorities on her own daughter. More than once.
And when a child-abuse investigator visited the Sunrise home where the three generations lived, Bizier stepped outside and quietly pleaded with him to take Aidan into foster care.
It was the only way, she believed, to protect the boy she lovingly called Charlie Brown.
Five calls to the Department of Children & Family’s hotline prompted five investigations that resulted in parenting classes and failed drug treatment for Autumn Bizier.
Vincent ‘Aidan’ Bizier
On the morning of March 13, 2009, Cindy Bizier received a panicked phone call from Autumn. The grandmother rushed home. As she got closer, she saw a helicopter hovering overhead. She knew.
The flames left an eerie, heart-shaped scorch mark on the wall of the garage, precisely where Aidan was found, alone except for Missy, the faithful pet who died beside him.
Haunted by the loss of her grandson, Cindy Bizier couldn’t bring herself to paint it over.
After ten years of never losing hope, Cindy now has a group of people willing to see the project through to completion. We need your help to make it a reality.
In the picture, Cindy Bizier holds one of her grandson Aidan’s favorite toys. It is part of a small collection of keepsakes she has in his memory. He died in her house when fire erupted while she was at work and his mother was sleeping. Aidan was found next to the heart-shaped scorch mark in the background.
The next step is to begin the repairs to restore her home, and her heart.
A special thank you to the many partners that have begun the journey with us to Rebuild Cindy’s home.
Additional partners include:
City of Sunrise
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving
Florida Palm Construction
Service Master by Reed
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