FareStart via Crowdrise
January 14, 2013
Every person deserves the chance to
change his or her life story.
Each person’s life story is valid. Every path, no matter the turns and hardships, demands respect and compassion. Yet not everyone has a place where his or her life’s journey is welcomed. Not everyone has a community where they can learn to honor and shape their own story.
But there remains a glimmer of strength. It sparks from different places for different people, but it happens. They are motivated to try—one more time—to start a new life after experiencing homelessness, addiction or other life challenges. Ready to take another step forward into a positive future.
Every day, men and women transform their lives in FareStart’s Adult Culinary program, which includes culinary training, life-skills classes, counseling, and assistance with housing, food, clothing and other support services to assist FareStart students as they change their lives.
Over the past 20 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 6,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children. In 2012 alone, FareStart students prepared more than 560,000 meals for area shelters and low income day care centers.
FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.
Adult Culinary Job Training & Placement
FareStart’s comprehensive adult training program combines hands-on food service training with classroom instruction, individual case management, life skills training, and job placement services. Although the program is free, FareStart students give back to the community beginning their first day by preparing the food that is delivered 365 days a year to homeless shelters and low-income daycare centers throughout the Puget Sound—more than 560,000 meals in 2012 alone.
Barista Training & Education Program
In partnership with YouthCare, a local organization dedicated to ending youth homelessness, the Barista Training & Education Program provides on-the-job training, life skills classes, and counseling for at-risk youth, ages 16-23. Students are provided the opportunity to build a better future for themselves by increasing their capacity to change their own situations and engage in a supportive community. Since the Barista Training & Education Program was launched in 2003, more than 400 youth have graduated the program and continued their education or secured employment.
Graduate Support Services
FareStart’s Graduate Support team provides ongoing support to adult graduates, help individuals move forward towards self-sufficiency. Graduates facing job loss or other obstacles are at risk of spiraling back into homelessness, but retaining access to the FareStart community—including housing, job search assistance, counseling and health care services—keeps them on a positive path.
Catalyst Kitchens—FareStart’s National Effort
In 2011, FareStart launched Catalyst Kitchens to help bring the success of FareStart to communities across the country. Catalyst Kitchens is a collaborative network of organizations with a shared vision to empower lives through job training, self-generate revenue through social enterprise, and nourish bodies and minds through quality foodservice. Today, Catalyst Kitchen’s national network includes 35 members, including Life’s Kitchen (Boise, Idaho), Liberty’s Kitchen (New Orleans, La.), Inspiration Corporation (Chicago, Ill.), DC Central Kitchen (Washington, D.C.), and Kibble (Paisley, Scotland, UK). Over the next five years, Catalyst Kitchens will multiply the impact of foodservice job training and social enterprise by leveraging the experience of model members across the country. Catalyst Kitchens aims to launch 50 new programs, provide job training to 6,000 individuals, and serve more than 10 million nutritious meals.
Your generous support helps us provide culinary job training, life-skills classes, housing, food, counseling, and other services that assist FareStart students as they work hard to change their lives. Thank you!