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.
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 program, 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. - We empower each individual to achieve his or her highest potential by restoring hope, giving respect, nurturing self-confidence, granting trust, and creating opportunity.
The following values help us measure the appropriateness of our decisions. - ACCEPTANCE. Build relationships based on the belief that the past informs but does not dictate the future. - RESPECT. Hold unconditional positive regard for each other, treating all with respect and dignity. - OPENNESS. Provide an environment of open communication, honesty, acceptance and personal responsibility. - COLLABORATION. Contribute positively to strengthen the organization and the community through collaboration and innovation. - SUSTAINABILITY. Recognize that sound financial management and accountability are essential to the long-term health and sustainability of FareStart.
Results: Since 1992, FareStart has helped to transform more than 6,000 lives, and has served more than 5 million meals.
Target demographics: Homeless and disadvantaged adults; homeless and at-risk youth.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approx. 800
Geographic areas served: Puget Sound
Programs: FareStart Adult Culinary Program; Youth Barista Program; Youth Culinary Program; Catalyst Kitchens national network of food service social enterprise organizations.
I was introduced to FareStart a decade ago and became a board member 7 years ago. My understanding and appreciation for the organization has only grown with time. The impact the organization has on individuals who are interested in turning their lives around is tremendous. The fact that 85% of the graduates get jobs within 90 days of graduation is a testament to the terrific staff, execution and vision of the organization.