Our Story

Journey4Josh (J4J) is a 501(c)3 foundation that seeks to change the future of at-risk children in Wilmington by funding access to positive extracurricular activities through scholarships and sponsorships.

Our goal is to reach at-risk children in Wilmington, NC and connect them with activities surrounding the preforming arts, sports, or other enrichment programs and provide funding and support to the families that would otherwise not be able to afford these character-building opportunities for their children.

Journey4Josh was born of tragedy.

On December 13, 2012, 19-year-old Joshua Proutey was robbed and killed for $10 and a sandwich while leaving his job at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington; an event that shocked the community.

Meet Josh.

What some people don’t know is that Patty, Josh’s mom, took her loss and turned it into something positive: Journey4Josh.

J4J was created as a way to channel her grief into a vessel for good. She chose to create a foundation to honor Josh’s memory and help prevent future tragedies by giving at-risk children an opportunity to experience empowering activities and programs that they’re passionate about, and that show them the pathway to a better future.