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Who are we?
In 2017, the first socially responsible restaurant Café Joyeux was born with the purpose of training and employing people with cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome or autism.
Our ambition: to make disability visible and promote encounters, by offering work, in an ordinary environment, to people normally excluded from employment. Our “joyful organization” intends to build a profitable model and transform difference into a strength.
After an initial assessment, our “joyful crew members” are recruited and trained by a team of HR, management, cooking and special needs educators. Café Joyeux is meant to operate like an ordinary business.
At the end of their training, the joyful crew members are hired by Café Joyeux and can start their career path there. Supervised by benevolent managers, they hold various positions based on their skill sets: hostess, cashier, cook, waiter…
In France, 700 000 people are on the autism spectrim and 65 000 have downsyndrome. They are two to three times more affected by unemployment than the rest of the population.
In the United States, 5,500,000 people are on the autism spectrum and 250,000 have downsyndrome. Only 38% of people with disabilities are employed and very few of them work in ordinary businesses.
Café Joyeux operates as a non profit. All the profits made by its activities are reinvested in projects fostering inclusion of disability in all its forms.
Our mission is to put disability in the heart of our cities and our lives:
Work together with our eaknesses
Foster inclusion through encounters
In a joyful environment, cook, serve and open our hearts
Our key figures
employees with cognitive disabilities
cafés in major cities in France
(Rennes, Paris, Bordeaux)
managers and restaurant professionals
par une équipe de
people with disabilities in a ESAT
guests have lived the cafe joyeux experience
cups of coffee served
The decor has a bistro, retro, and industrial touch, mixing wood and metal. It plays on authenticity while using the yellow, black and white colors that convey joy. In the Cafés Joyeux, the atmosphere is cozy and warm.
At Café Joyeux, we have culinary convictions: sourcing the best products, we have a farm to table approach that supports local producers. A gourmet and natural menu, cooked and served with the heart.
At Café Joyeux, no one is perfect and all of our team members are unique. Natural, spontaneous, and always professional, they are proud of their disability and their difference inspires us.
A POSITIVE (R)EVOLUTION IN THEIR LIVES
Becoming an “ordinary” employee at Café Joyeux changes the daily life of our joyful crew members, but also that of their families and / or loved ones.
We were relieved when Nicolas was hired at Café Joyeux. We are very, very proud. When he gets up in the morning he is happy to go to work, [...] he is proud to be useful, he has self-esteem, he feels better about himself!
Ce travail m’a apporté beaucoup de bonheur parce que je me suis fait beaucoup d’amis depuis mon arrivée. Je me suis dit je suis comme les autres et même si je suis handicapé, je peux travailler, je peux avoir un appartement, je peux tout avoir.
Je serais très heureuse de travailler chez vous, ça serait mon plus beau cadeau. Je veux exister dans ce monde du travail.
Je suis heureux de travailler ici car ça me fait sourire. Ça me donne de la joie d'être au contact des gens.