February 21, 2024

Laura (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 be rolling

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 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

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

July 25, 2023

A New Era for Transforming Lives

FareStart is at a critical turning point in its history. With new leadership in CEO Patrick D’Amelio, exciting plans in the works, and a renewed focus on transformative job training programs that can grow to serve more students than ever, we are working to build back our organization

July 20, 2023







CONTENT WARNING: FareStart graduate Corey’s powerful story, written in his own words, includes references to gun violence and suicide that might distress some readers.

June 22, 2023

Did you know that FareStart is more than a nonprofit organization? We’re a nonprofit social enterprise that’s focused on job training and employment. This means that we run social enterprise businesses to generate revenue for our mission and to train people with barriers to employment.

June 21, 2023

Charles’ (he/him) aunt had been encouraging him to come to Seattle and apply to FareStart for years, but it wasn’t until he passed out from heat stroke on a job in Dallas and spent a month in the hospital that he realized he needed to make a change. He took his last $500, bought a ticket to Seattle and applied to one of