By Lisa Coughlin,
Director of The Joy Bus Diner
The Joy Bus Diner is a nonprofit restaurant located in North 32nd that’s helping make our Valley a tastier, happier place, one meal at a time. Every cent earned at the restaurant is used to support The Joy Bus, a local charity that brings chef-inspired meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valley-wide.
Unfortunately, the diner’s doors have been closed due to these trying times, but we are still standing tall and continuing our meal program through The Joy Bus. Throughout the pandemic we have seen amazing growth in our meal program and have even expanded to a new delivery day to accommodate the demand for our services.
We have an amazing community of volunteers that have rallied with us over this past year and a half and have stepped up to the plate and made our dreams come true.
We know that times are uncertain, but we remain hopeful that we may be able to open our doors again soon. Currently, we are aiming for a re-open date toward the end of this month. As part of our plans to re-open, we are currently hiring for front and back of the house positions.
We are excited to welcome our community back to our restaurant. The diner is The Joy Bus’ main source of revenue, but we have been fortunate enough to continue to provide our services and keep our feet on the ground thanks to our amazing community partners and donors.
Founded in 2011 by award-winning chef Jennifer Caraway, The Joy Bus was named in honor and memory of her dear friend Joy. Joy struggled with the painful and debilitating side effects of ovarian cancer. Her grace, drive, and determination inspire us to help those who fight that same battle. Many cancer patients are left to fend for themselves during this turning point in their lives. The Joy Bus eases that burden by providing healthy meals specified to meet our patrons’ needs, delivered by volunteers who are often cancer survivors themselves.