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Grants Awarded to Straight Ahead Ministries

Grants Awarded to Straight Ahead Ministries$62,000
Straight Up Kitchen: Community Kitchen & Catering Project (2012)$62,000
Year:2012Amount: $62,000
Title:Straight Up Kitchen: Community Kitchen & Catering Project
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Straight Ahead Ministries (SAM) is dedicated to reducing recidivism among young offenders. SAM offers GED and ESL classes, recovery groups, counseling (individual and group) and job readiness training for these young people. SAM anticipates serving 180 youth in Main South (120 transitioning out of lockup and 60 in the community identified as high risk) each year. SAM also operates a café in Worcester which is open to the community and employs reentering youth. This grant will enable SAM to build out space in their facility for a commercial kitchen that will allow them to provide a fuller menu in the cafe, expand into catering and start a retail business selling food products using locally grown produce. Plans call for the business to be revenue generating for SAM. It is anticipated that six to nine youth would be employed at any given time.

Project Director: Pastor Robert S. Stone
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