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've had the honor of eating at FareStart, donating to FareStart, and working with their incredible development team during my time in Seattle, and I can't recommend the organization enough. FareStart touches lives in our community in a way that no other organization does, and the constructive impact FareStart is having will be felt in Seattle and around the country for decades to come. I'm proud to be affiliated with this organization, and can't wait to see what they do next.
FareStart is an inspiration to those of us who believe in the power of a strong mission, clarity in execution, and successful outcome. Hearing participants speak on behalf of the program's impact from a personal perspective, and the subsequent ability to deeply impact lives, is profound. I have been a fan for many years, and this year became a proud donor. I anticipate a long-term relationship and look forward to being a partner in future success!