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

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

November 9, 2021

Daniel (he/him) came to FareStart hoping to establish a routine and set new goals for his life after a period of incarceration and struggling with substance use. The support from FareStart staff and the program’s self-empowerment curriculum helped him to carry out goal setting and personal accountability for the first time in a long time. 

October 26, 2021

Since graduating FareStart’s Youth & Young Adult Barista Program in 2013, Jeremy (he/him) worked hard to get his GED, became a certified sailing instructor, passed his captain’s license, coached a high school sailing team, went to college for

October 21, 2021

Over the past 20 years, FareStart’s Youth & Young Adult Barista Program has helped more than 1,000 young people access job training and assisted in over 600 job placements in customer service with local retail, food service, coffee shops and other businesses.

Early in October, FareStart combined its Youth Culinary

October 13, 2021

Donna (she/her) entered FareStart’s Adult Culinary Program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and is a graduate from one of the first fully virtual cohorts. After experiencing the loss of her son, as well as a period of homelessness and addiction, Donna came to FareStart

September 8, 2021

After some inconsistent work in construction and experiencing homelessness, Omar’s (he/him) main goal was to be able to afford an apartment to create stability in his life. One evening, Omar hopped on a computer and searched ‘youth training programs,’ hoping to receive the tools he needed to have a consistent,