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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Job Training

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. 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 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. Our VALUES: 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.

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