Each month we feature a new charity to share with our readers in hopes that they might donate to or at least spread the word to others for awareness. For February, we are profiling FareStart.
THE FARESTART MISSION:
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.
For twenty years, FareStart has been helping to transform the lives of poverty stricken people around the Seattle area. This non-profit job training program teaches homeless and struggling people culinary skills. For instance, the job training adult program includes culinary training, life-skills classes, housing, food, clothing, counseling, and other support services to assist FareStart students as they change their lives.
This is a free program to students, but they do give back in the way of preparing food, starting from the first day. FareStart prepared 589,463 meals for homeless shelters and low-income daycare centers in 2011.
They aren’t the only people who get to eat good food either. For just about $30, you can visit the FareStart restaurant on a Thursday and receive a gourmet three-course meal. These meals are curated by some of the top chefs in the city as each week a new guest chef takes the reigns.
Their FareStart Café @ 2100 is open daily and FareStart also offers catering for events.
In their own words, some recent facts:
Over the past 20 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 5,500 people to transform their lives, while also serving over five million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children. In 2011 alone, FareStart students prepared 589,463 meals for area shelters.
In 2011, FareStart provided referral services to 749 homeless or otherwise disadvantaged individuals and provided training opportunities to 250. The adult training program also graduated 111 individuals, with 52 youth graduating from the Barista Training & Education program (in partnership with YouthCare).
More importantly, our graduates are getting jobs and continuing their education. In 2011, 82% of our adult graduates secured employment, and 90% of our youth graduates gained employment or went back to school.
Do you think you know someone who would qualify as a student? Contact FareStart here.
Be sure to visit their website as the company does accept donations. If you would like to visit their restaurant for a dinner, they are located at 700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101
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