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February 21, 2024

Laura McConnelly (she/her), a FareStart graduate and FareStart sous chef, generously and openly shared her story at our first in-person Guest Chef Night since COVID forced us to shut our doors over three years ago. Chef Laura is supporting the reopening of our restaurant and our new box lunch program, which we are excited to

February 9, 2024

At FareStart, all students are welcomed and respected for their unique strengths, for their potential to re-imagine their future, no matter what obstacles they’ve faced in the past.

Because every student’s journey to FareStart is different, we meet them wherever they are and line up support services tailored to their specific needs. For some it’s food, clothes, and housing. For others it’s transportation, recovery support, counseling, or all of the above.


December 6, 2023

For the first time since the pandemic, the FareStart Café located at Pacific Tower is open and serving coffee, tea, freshly made pastries and sandwiches. The café is also home to FareStart’s Barista & Customer Service Program.

The eagerly

December 5, 2023

Chef Wayne Johnson (he/him) is retiring at the end of the year after a high profile and extremely successful career in the culinary industry. But despite his many professional accomplishments, the thing that makes him the proudest is the community that he’s helped build. A community of fellow chefs, students, farmers,

December 1, 2023

There’s something irresistible about Natalie’s (she/her) smile that just makes you want to know her better. She radiates warmth and kindness, and that shines through the strongest when she is in her happy place in the kitchen.

“I've always loved cooking,” said Natalie. “Like when I was a kid, my favorite shows were cooking

November 2, 2023

Our Annual Gala Auction & Dinner held this past Sunday, October 29 at the Seattle Convention Center was a beautiful celebration of student transformations, our vibrant and supportive community and the exciting work that lies ahead. Together we surpassed our goal, raising over $1.8 million to support

October 30, 2023

Chelsea (she/her/they) never would have imagined that her favorite childhood cookbook would carry such meaning and significance in her adult life.

“My mom helped make a cookbook for FareStart, and it’s a collection of

September 12, 2023

Something about going back to prison for the fifth time changed everything for Vicky. She learned about FareStart while incarcerated. A friend was going through FareStart’s job training program, which was adapted from in-person to virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic

August 23, 2023

During her first week of FareStart’s Barista & Customer Service training program, Keeyshonna (she/her) kept her camera off and her answers blunt. As classmates introduced themselves, she wasn’t sure if or how she would benefit from opening up about painful turning points in her life.

Then her mindset started to shift

August 4, 2023

What better way to spend a sunny Friday in the Pacific Northwest than playing golf and raising funds to support FareStart’s mission?

We gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle for Amazon’s 22nd