A Partnership Job Skills Training Program
Z’s Café , Samaritan House and Tarrant County College have joined forces to launch “Hope and Hospitality”. This 12-week food service training program helps low-income individuals gain marketable skills to re-launch themselves back into the workforce. The program goal is empowerment through food preparation and service skills, with job placement in local restaurants, hotels, universities, and catering companies. Participants will start with the basics, such as sanitation skills and nutrition fundamentals and then move on to menu planning and guest services. The program also includes a job readiness component, covering such topics as resume writing and job interview preparation.
The Hope & Hospitality Program is generously funded in part by the Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation and the Helen Irwin Littauer Education Trust. A combination of lectures and hands-on lab work, the 12-week program will be taught by professional chef Dana Cranfill. Café owner Carlo Capua will cover basic business skills, and the program will end with a 2-week internship at a local food or hospitality business, with sustainable job placement as the overall goal.
A social enterprise, Z’s Café is partnered with local non-profit Samaritan House, providing jobs to low-income individuals while offering delicious, homemade fare. Inspired by recipes from Chef Janet’s collection, managed by son Carlo, and kept running by residents from Samaritan House, Z’s Café proves that it’s more than just money; together we CAN make a difference.
The motto of “Food, Family, Friends” is the heart of our philosophy and some of our proudest achievements have been witnessing our staff do things both they, and society, once thought impossible. In other words, they shine even brighter than we could have imagined. Our employees learn food and service skills while making their way back into the labor force, and over the past 3 years we’ve put 79 people back to work.
Z’s Café offers a variety of menu choices with a home-cooked flair, healthy, low-fat, affordable options and no time spent in the kitchen, including a variety of alternatives for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-sensitive diets. For more information, contact co-owner Carlo Capua at email@example.com or (214) 908-5452 (cell.)
Samaritan House is a non-profit organization providing services to those facing the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs. Samaritan House services are based on a three phase approach beginning with Rescuing people from the street or from other desperate situations to Nurturing care including medical case management, counseling, substance abuse recovery and other management programs, which helps residents regain their confidence to the Launch phase, helping each resident develop and maintain the motivation and skills needed to attain independence and productivity. For more information, contact President & CEO, Steve Dutton at SteveDutton@SamaritanHouse.org or (817) 509.1692.