Sandy Swenson has two boys, one of which is a drug addict. Her story is chronicled in The Joey Song. In the March/April 2013 issue of Bethesda Magazine, her article, Letting Joey Go, was highlighted. Sandy founded the Bistro Boys, a program for young men from the National Center for Children and Families' Greentree Adolescent Program, as a member of the Junior Woman's Club of Chevy Chase. The Junior Woman's Club of Chevy Chase received the Spirit Award for Humanitarian Advocacy from the National Center for Children and Families in 2012.