Beading The Way

The Portable Playhouse is a nonprofit organization offering a specialized beading art therapy program for women and children recovering from terminal illness.

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Years in Service

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Hospitals Served

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Smiling Patients

Fostering Joy and Comfort

Since our inception in 2001, our mission has been to bring joy and comfort to those healing from terminal illness through the therapeutic power of artistic expression. This pursuit led us to develop a specialized beading art therapy program, tailor-made for children in pediatric hospitals and women in cancer recovery centers.

“If the purpose of art is to nourish the spirit, what more appropriate place to find it than a hospital, where our spirit may encounter its most critical moments.”

Portable Playhouse Volunteers
Portable Playhouse Volunteers

Dedicated Volunteers

Our dedicated volunteers offer one-on-one support to patients in all stages of recovery. Our unique program grants us the flexibility to be present at every patient’s bedside, ensuring that each individual, regardless of their physical condition or limitations, can actively participate in the creation of art. Whether it’s selecting colors, styles, or crafting entire custom pieces, our hands-on approach fosters a calming atmosphere and nurtures the development of invaluable coping skills through the act of creation.

What truly warms our hearts is witnessing the immense pride and radiant smiles that accompany each patient’s finished masterpiece.

Hospitals Touched by Our Mission

Our program has made a difference in the lives of women and children recovering at Hospitals and Cancer Centers across the United States.

  • Staten Island University Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s, St Petersburg Florida
  • Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark New Jersey
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Camp Fatima, New Jersey
  • Camp Happy Times (Valerie Fund) NJ, PA
  • Carbondale Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Forest City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Goryeb Children’s Medical Center
  • Florina Cancer Center
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Lukow Pavillion in Ridgewood New Jersey
  • NEPA Breast Cancer Center, PA
  • Tisch Hospital / NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Memphis Tennessee
  • Tomorrows Children Institute
  • Valley Hospital in Ridgewood New Jersey
  • Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital

Together, Let’s Make a Difference.

Share the gift of art through the Portable Playhouse. Your contribution brings light and hope into the lives of those we serve.

One-Time Donation

Your one-time gift, of any size, makes a difference. A $50 gift sponsors one volunteer to brighten 5 lives.

One-Time Donation

Monthly Donation

Your monthly donation, of any amount, greatly helps us continue our mission of bringing hope to those in need.

Monthly Donation


The Adopt-a-Hospital program empowers businesses to support our program in their chosen hospital.

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