Fighting HUNGER …….. Feeding HOPE
Fort Worth HOPE Center fights HUNGER by giving out groceries 3 times a week to people whose income fall within the TexCap income guidelines of poverty. We feed HOPE through our vocational training in our School of HOPE. Many people who were hopelessly looking for a job, are now finding HOPE springing up in their hearts as they realize they ARE finding meaningful and profitable employment after earning various certifications for employment in our School of HOPE.
Culinary Art School – OPENED this year!
25 students have earned their certifications in:
- Front of the HOUSE,
- Cake Decorating and
- Garde Manger
“Front of the HOUSE” Certification – Customer Service & Hospitality. Students learn the skill of serving in our HOPE Cafe` and their final exam is serving members from Texas Workforce Commission and the Fort Worth HOPE Center’s Board of Directors. Here one of our students is serving Audrey Johnson who works for Texas Workforce Special Programs in East Fort Worth, TX.
They also learn how to serve banquets, how to cater food for special events and how to serve in institutional food facilities. There are so many places for our students to work after they receive their certifications in “Front of the HOUSE”
There is an art to being hospitable and providing good service to the customer and our students are learning those skills and developing that art. There are always job openings in the many restaurants and hotels throughout the city for GOOD certified servers.
All of our students earn ServSafe MANAGER certification for their food handlers certification. It is an advanced certification that the student has to have if he/she is to progress in the company in management. So all of our students earn this higher level of ServSafe certification so that they can easily be promoted when they get on their job to manage a shift.
Garde Manger Certifications
are earned by students who develop their skills in carving and creating bouquets made from fruits and vegetables. This certification qualifies them to bring added beauty to the table for catering and banqueting centerpieces. Beautiful arrangements carved in our classes by our students give them a speciality and a niche to set them apart as a gifted designer in the catering business. The bouquet in the picture to the right, was designed and carved in our classroom. Our students love this class and they come away realizing they can do something that most people can’t do.
Cake Decorating Certifications:
- Beginner – Baking & basic decorating
- Intermediate – Birthday to Wedding Cakes
- Advanced – Fondant and Sugar Art Specialties
Our Bakery Chef has been in the bakery business for over 20 years and is an expert in baking and cake decorating. Her students have done some exceptional work.
There is nothing more precious than to have a baby shower cake with a tiny little teddy bear on top sleeping on her blanket. This cake was made by one of our students.
These job training classes are preparing our low-income students for high demand jobs in the workplace. There are bakeries in almost all the grocery stories throughout the DFW Area and high-end bakeries for wedding cakes…and speciality cakes like this cake with a sleeping bear! Jobs are plentiful and our students are ready and qualified to work with the Certifications they earn in our School of HOPE.
American GI is a Federal agency that helps low-income homeless students find employment. We have partnered with them to help our students in preparing their résumé, practicing their job interviewing and finding employers who have job openings just for them. Can you imagine the shouts of JOY when our students get hired!!
We have over 300 students on our waiting list to earn their certifications. All they need is the funds to enroll. We are looking for people to “invest” in our students so they can earn their certifications and find real HOPE of gaining profitable employment.
How can you INVEST? Adopt a student today! For only $2650 a student can become certified in one of the following Culinary Arts programs.
(1) Customer Service and Hospitality certification for “Front of the HOUSE” in Restaurants, Banqueting, Catering and institutional Food Services. OR (2) Cake Decorating, Sugar Art and Garde Manger *** Both programs include ServSafe Food Managers Certification.
By sending a student through our School of HOPE’s Culinary Department (150 hours) they are prepared and able to break the cycle of poverty in their lives as they find meaningful and profitable employment.
OSHA Forklift Certification
Last year with only ONE sit-down forklift and a scissor lift, 304 students received their OSHA certifications and they found jobs all over Fort Worth.
Jobs are plentiful for forklift drivers but many employers are now asking for the drivers to have multiple certification for various types of forklifts used in the mega warehouses. To keep up with the demand, we are adding three more types of forklifts to our training (Standup, Narrow aisle and Walkie Stacker). Our goal is for 1000 students to become OSHA Certification for all 4 Forklifts and for the Scissor Lift. A total of 5 OSHA Certifications in all.
Multiple certifications makes our students MORE valuable in the workplace and with a greater chance for finding employment with higher wages even if they have a felony on their record.
To add these 3 additional forklifts our budget is $75,000.
But the results will be jobs, jobs, jobs for our men and women who will be breaking the cycle of poverty by earning a good income for their families. The JOY of HOPE is theirs!!
Investing $250 in a student will provide OSHA Certificates on two (2) machines (sit-down Forklift and Scissor Lift). After we add three (3) more forklifts, invest a total of $625 and they will be OSHA Certified on all 5 machines making our students in high demand in the workplace.
Investing in the lives of low-income people to help them find employment isn’t just providing hope for that one person…it is providing HOPE for the entire family!
It’s not a hand OUT…but a hand UP. It isn’t “Entitlement” but “Investment”.
“Oh, the JOYS of those who are KIND to the POOR.” Ps. 41:1.