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Summer 2018's FREE Culinary Training Program begins July 2nd!
Pathlight Kitchen's next F R E E 16-hour Dining Room & Table Service Skills Program is beginning on May 4th!
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Pathlight Kitchen’s new chef, Esteban Torres, is infusing new energy and talent into Pathlight Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program. A Culinary Institute of America-trained professional, Chef Esteban and his staff are readying novel materials and additional hands-on food service exercises for students in the classes beginning April 2, 2018.
This ninth session of our FREE Culinary Training Program for low-income Central Floridians is sure to be the best yet! And since the area’s food service industry needs properly-trained staff, this means marketable skills and employment potential!!
In fact, Chef Esteban has established two programs! There’s a 12-week comprehensive culinary skills course, with ServSafe Manager Certification; AND a 16-hour Dining Room and Table Service Skills Program. Students can take one course or both.
Both courses are held in our modern 13,000 square foot Pathlight Kitchen building, renovated in 2013 through a partnership with Orange County government.
Our Culinary Training Programs serve a population challenged by barriers to employment. If YOU know anyone who would benefit from these FREE programs, please send them our way! We use an open enrollment model and our classes are small and offer individual coaching.
Prospective students should apply in person by March 30 at Maxwell Terrace Apartments, 3200 West Colonial Drive, Orlando 32808.
Pathlight Kitchen courses are funded in part by the City of Orlando, Orange County, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Pathlight Kitchen does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Thank you again to our amazing partners, The Hive Orlando & UF IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, for making this event happen!
Mmmm, getting hungry yet?!
4049 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32839
Open: Monday - Friday 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Pathlight HOME hosted a Summer BBQ Bash for residents at Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments. Smokey Jay’s BBQ served up some delicious Pull Pork, Smoked Chicken along with beans, Mac & Cheese and Slaw. YUM YUM!!! Big shout of to 104.5 The Beat for spinning some tunes. Great fun was had by all. Pathlight HOME is the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for the homeless in Central Florida. Our Housing-First model insures that those experiencing homelessness are provided with safe and dignified housing as a “Pathlight” to health and wellness. A team of social workers, property managers, maintenance personnel and volunteers provide needed supports and the best opportunity for those challenged by homelessness and poverty to truly thrive.
Location: 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida—
When you are homeless, safe and secure housing is priority number one. Pathlight HOME has been pioneering the Housing First model for Central Florida’s homeless for 25 years. If housing is first, what comes second? The answer is—meaningful work. It’s the opportunity get up in the morning with a sense of purpose and dignity and to lie down at night with a feeling of accomplishment and progress. Of course a few dollars in the pocket doesn’t hurt either. Pathlight HOME is launching a Sobik’s Sub Shop and Café in Orlando to provide an on-ramp to employment for those challenged by homelessness and poverty. Participants overcome barriers to employment and enhance skill-sets necessary to succeed on the job.
Sobiks is a sandwich shop and café located next to the Maxwell Garden Apartments on traffic-heavy Orange Blossom Trail. In addition, to an affordable quality eatery, this social enterprise provides a training ground for our trainees in our culinary program to learn customer service skills and put their food service skills to the test in a supportive environment.
Pathlight HOME offers a 12-week culinary training program that provides participants with marketable skills. It also includes ServSafe certification and a banquet set-up/service training. Our classes are small, offering individual coaching, and soft-skill development opportunities critical for work-place success. Our Executive Chef trainer cultivates a network of employers who want to interview and hire our graduates, who in turn command a living wage.
Pathlight HOME is a non-profit agency whose mission is to change the lives’ of Floridians by providing affordable housing and economic opportunity to low income individuals—especially the homeless. Pathlight home has nearly 600 units of affordable housing— the largest provider of permanent housing and supportive services to Central Floridians experiencing homelessness.
“No one in our community hopes to become homeless—we provide permanent housing with supportive services so there is an alternative. Once housing is secured—we help people build resiliency through employment. Our opening of Sobik’s fills that need.” says Pathlight HOME President, Helaine Blum, Esq.