Seattle Fare Start

In Seattle, a very successful non-profit organization trains people that are facing "temporary homelessness" with skills in the food industry that allow them to get back on track. The program boasts a 90% job-placement record for its trainees. It has contracts with local restaurants to supply their prep-work, catering service, lunches every day and dinners once a week, generating considerable income for theprogram to be self-sustaining.

Dinner on Thursday opens to the public. A Guest Chef from a local restaurant leads the group in creating a seasonal delicacy. Industry leaders and corporate sponsors take turns to serve as waiters for that night, donating all tips to the program. Graduates from the program are acknowledged and some share their stories. Listening to those two minutes will help you understand why this program deserves to be replicated all across the world.