Today, Jennifer Caraway is the founder and owner of The Joy Bus Diner, an idea that was founded after her friend, Joy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She explains that while Joy was sick, making food for her was a way to support and comfort her friend. The Joy Bus Diner is a restaurant that donates 100% of its proceeds to support The Joy Bus. The Joy Bus, also created by Jennifer, is a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers meals to homebound cancer patients.
It is Jennifer’s goal to make those of less fortune feel as if they are going out to have a nice meal. Jennifer states that, “If I can do something to help someone, and make their journey just a little bit less painful, then I am stoked.”
Jennifer says before The Joy Bus, she had a, “bitter chip on her shoulder” and viewed people as selfish. It has been in working with the many selfless volunteers for The Joy Bus, that she now sees people differently. Jennifer’s biggest piece of advice would be to volunteer and don’t be a victim. She explains that by being a victim it allows the other person to win. She goes on to say how important it is to surround yourself with good people. Through her selfless efforts and motivation, Jennifer is a shining example of someone who did not let fear get in the way of her success. She is determined to continue making a difference in the world every day.