FareStart

Great Food - Better Lives

aka FareStart, Catalyst Kitchens, Common Meals, Maslows by Farestart, Rise by FareStart   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.farestart.org

Mission

Our MISSION:  FareStart provides job training programs that transform homelessness, poverty and hunger into human potential. Our VISION: We rebuild lives, reconnect families and strengthen our diverse community.   We experience the power of contributing, the gift of giving, and the joy of helping through preparing and serving meals to our community. We build a self-sustaining organization through businesses that provide hands-on experience for students, financial support for our programs, and a place for our community to grow. We nourish our community by collaborating with our partners to put an end to homelessness, one human being at a time.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Angela Dunleavy-Stowell

Main address

700 Virginia St

Seattle, WA 98101 USA

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Formerly known as

Common Meals

EIN

91-1546757

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Training (J22)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Culinary Program

Culinary training – Over the course of four months, participants receive 500 hours of hands-on, real-world training in FareStart’s food service businesses. During training, clients learn basic employability skills, specifically as they relate to food service employment qualifications. These include culinary skills, knife skills, customer service, workplace safety and terminology, preparing them to compete for a variety jobs in the high-demand food service sector. FareStart graduates get jobs in settings such as restaurants, catering, assisted living, hospitality and food manufacturing plants.

Adult Life Skills Training – 20 hours of classes which support the development of behavior and interpersonal skills that will help students succeed on the job and in their personal lives. Students work on building their self-confidence and learn strategies for setting life goals, employment goals as well as effective workplace collaboration, all which help them regard themselves and the role they play in their own success in a positive and healthy way.

Adult Job Readiness Training – Clients attend classes and computer lab sessions where they learn basic computer skills, resume writing and effective, current job search techniques. Participants establish and agree to a work plan which involves establishing employment goals and plans to address barriers. In the final weeks of training, students attend mock-interview sessions conducted by community volunteer professionals where they receive feedback for developing effective job interview skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our 13-year-old youth barista program provides homeless and at-risk teens and young adults, ages 16-24, with the opportunity to build a better future for themselves by increasing their ability to change their situation and engage in a supportive community. In the Barista and Customer Service Training Program, youth take the first steps toward rebuilding their lives by receiving 60 hours of classroom life skills and espresso training. Following this, students receive 60 hours of on-the-job training in FareStart’s Café @ 2100 where they work alongside FareStart trainers to build skills including espresso making, cash handling, food preparation, and customer service. During the final week, students focus on creating compelling resumes and developing strong job interview skills. Finally, youth will continue to receive one year of wrap-around services including case management, support services and job development from our partner organization, YouthCare.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Based on FareStart's proven model of culinary and life skills training in a social enterprise operation, Catalyst Kitchens leads a movement to eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness in the United States and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Due to the growing need to serve Opportunity Youth, in 2015 FareStart designed and piloted our Youth Culinary and Customer Service Training Program to engage low-income youth who are at-risk of not finishing high school and who need multiple barriers removed in order to move in the right direction. This new program equally focuses on high school graduation and job training while providing support services.

We are partnering with Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy, a network of public alternative high schools in Seattle designed to support the hardest to serve youth in graduating high school. Through this partnership, job training is incorporated into the school day making it easy and accessible for students to attend. When students attend classes in the morning, and job training in the afternoon, they receive school credits toward their diploma and can earn a stipend of up to $20 a day for attendance and active participation. Over eight weeks, youth train in a both a working kitchen and cafe learning culinary skills, barista skills, and customer service along with job readiness skills such as resume creation, interviewing and making a good impression.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator

Awards

James Beard Humanitarian of the Year 2011

James Beard Foundation

Financials

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FareStart

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Hart

Cornerstone Advisors Inc.

Term: 2018 -

Rodger Kohn

Tousley Brain Stephens

Bill Adamucci

Community Funding Group

Gail DeGiulio

Community Volunteer

Tricia McKay

LUMA Consulting

Judy Meleliat

Aegis Living

Nicole Trimble

FSG

Ken Hart

Cornerstone Advisors Inc.

Craig Russell

Community Volunteer

Joanna Smith

Community Volunteer

Cate Hardy

PCC Community Markets

Julaine Smith

Accountant Smart LLC

Sue Bevington

Microsoft

Michelle Burns

Starbucks Coffee Company

Dani Cone

Cone & Steiner, Fuel Coffee

Michael Pickett

Michael Pickett, Principal

Srilata Remala

The Maternal Coalition, Founder

Bettina Stix

Amazon

Brian Surratt

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No