Homeless Shelter Transforms Old Facility Into Restaurant To Employ Their Own Residents | Brianna Acuesta – True Activist

When Light House Shelter in Annapolis, Michigan moved facilities last year, they struggled to sell the old building and decided to get creative by fusing an existing program with the old facility. With the help of grants, donations, and free service offerings, the shelter is now close to accomplishing their goal: creating an all-new restaurant that employs homeless people to help them get back on their feet.

The restaurant will be a 50-seat bistro and coffee shop that will simultaneously boost community traffic and outreach and give invaluable training to homeless people looking to obtain skills.

The shelter already runs a program called Building Employment Success Training (BEST), which gives “training and paid internships in culinary arts, facilities maintenance and landscaping and data entry.” With the 16-week employment curriculum comes a variety of skills that teach the employees about workforce preparation, communication, interpersonal skills, and facing challenges.


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