March 15, 2023

Michael’s career path took a decidedly positive turn last summer, when he joined the first group of students welcomed back into our kitchens for in-person job training since the pandemic began.

For the first several weeks, training focused on empowerment and employment

September 28, 2022

Jesse (he/him) was initially introduced to the kitchen early in his life when he would observe and assist his mother in making cakes and pies. It was there that he developed an appreciation for cooking.

Though incarcerated at a young age, his passion for food and learning about cooking did not waiver while in prison, in fact, it only

August 25, 2022

July 11, 2022, will go down as a big day in FareStart’s history. After exactly 28 months and eight days without students onsite due to the pandemic, we welcomed back students for in-person training.

It took many months of preparation, but staff was full of joy and excitement when the first seven in-person adult students

July 18, 2022

Carlin Llorente (he/him) joined FareStart as Chief Program Officer in January. He comes, most recently, from Washington STEM, where as Director of Strategic Partnerships he worked on equitable career pathways across Washington state. Six months into Carlin’s new position at FareStart, he

May 10, 2022

Sarah (she/her) found FareStart after being unexpectedly fired from a job she loved. “It was pretty traumatic. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I found FareStart online and filled out an application. When I heard it was a job training program, that seemed like a perfect fit for where I was at. I didn’t really know where I was going to head

April 19, 2022

Markia (she/her) was trying to figure out how to get back to her old self after fracturing her ankle, dislocating her knee and searching for a new job, all while being a single parent. Feeling she was falling deep into depression, Markia had a challenging time getting out of bed because of the stress and obstacles in her life.

When the

March 17, 2022

2021 was another challenging year, but we have so much to be grateful for and celebrate. We dreamed big and, with the support of the community, accomplished many of our goals despite the prolonged challenges of the pandemic

March 10, 2022

After being out of the workforce for a decade, Jack (he/him) began applying and interviewing for jobs while in FareStart’s virtual Adult Culinary Program. After he completed the program, it did not take him long to secure a machinery operator position at

December 21, 2021

In 2013, Jeff (he/him) graduated from FareStart’s Adult Culinary Program. Today, he is the co-owner of Café Racer in Capitol Hill and hopes to hire FareStart graduates as he expands his team. “As a FareStart graduate I know how valuable having a

December 15, 2021

When AJ (he/him) enrolled in FareStart’s virtual Adult Culinary Program, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He knew he wanted to learn skills that would help him better understand himself and find a way out of the revolving door of incarceration and job