Serwis Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Podkarpackiego


“Joy” Restaurant in Dębica


Running a restaurant is one of a number of projects implemented by the Association of Parents and Friends of Disabled People “Joy” in Dębica. This organisation has been operating since 1994, and it runs, among other things, occupational therapy workshops, an occupational activation centre, as well as supervised and training apartments. Since its opening the restaurant has been very popular among the city’s residents thanks to the delicious dishes served here and its aesthetic decor.

The place has become very popular in Dębica. Every day, we serve around 200 customers. We also prepare takeaway food. Here, healthy people can see and appreciate the work of people with disabilities. Some people come here only because our employees are disabled,’ said Paweł Morawczyński, the Vice-President of the Association.

The “Joy” Restaurant employs 18 people with severe or moderate disabilities, who were unemployed and diagnosed as having autism, mental disability or a mental illness. They work here as waiters, kitchen help, maintenance workers and administrative employees. Customer satisfaction and the opportunity to become financially independent have had a positive influence on their self-esteem. They no longer only receive help, but, despite their limitations, they can finally give something to others.

The restaurant has been provided with modern catering equipment. Moreover, specialists with knowledge and skills as regards the latest methods of working with people with disabilities and supporting their employment were hired. The restaurant’s employees are also provided with the support of a psychologist and a career counsellor. Such consultations improve the employees’ ability to handle difficult situations, have an impact on self-assessment of their abilities, and develop the ability to work in a team and actively participate in the labour market. As part of the employees’ rehabilitation, they go to fitness clubs, the gym and the swimming pool.


The interior of the bar The interior of the bar Consumer room Kitchen in the bar, employees at work Kitchen in the bar, employees at work




Association of Parents and Friends of Disabled People “Joy” in Dębica


Regional Operational Programme of Podkarpackie Region

EU Fund

European Social Fund

Total project value 

PLN 1,880,604.00

EU contribution

PLN 1,598,513.40

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Al. Łukasza Cieplińskiego 4, 35-010 Rzeszów
Telefon: +48 17 747 64 15 , +48 17  747 64 82
poniedziałek: 7:30 - 18:00, wtorek - piątek: 7:30 - 15:30

Zestawienie znaków: Fundusze Europejskie, Rzeczypospolita Polska, Podkarpackie, Unia Europejska

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