Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cafe Momentum: Serving Second Chances

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Cafe Momentum: Serving Second Chances

There comes a day when you realize turning a page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

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Cafe Momentum: Serving Second Chances

At a Texas restaurant staffed by ex-offenders, young men ditch criminal backgrounds to roast, toast and saute high-end cuisine. That restaurant was created by Chef Chad Houser who realized that the inmates who he was teaching cooking were more than his pre-conceived stereotypes and deserved a second chance: "When he arrived in the kitchen, none of the eight boys were the tattooed toughs he'd expected. "I had stereotyped them before I even met them," Houser recalls. "All eight looked at me when they spoke. They said, 'Please,' 'Sir,' and 'Thank you.'" They all listened closely, he adds, eager for "a first-time feeling" of crafting something they could take pride in and savor." Houser was inspired to use his skills to create an opportunity and second chance for these young men. { read more }

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Who do you know in need of a second chance? Is there anything you can do to encourage and support that person?

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