Café Momentum is a restaurant training platform that provides post-release paid internships for juvenile offenders through which they will receive intensive culinary, job, and life-skill training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful re-entry into the community.
In addition to significantly reducing recidivism, Café Momentum creates opportunities for long-term, sustainable (legal) employment for a demographic that would otherwise continue to burden the justice system and taxpayers.
OUR WORK: After months of meetings, vetting, and planning, Café Momentum became the first GroundFloor Fellow in 2013 and received an investment of $175k in cash, rent-free office space for nearly two years and hands-on mentoring from community leaders, including real estate experts to help them navigate the opening of a permanent restaurant location. In the winter of 2015, Café Momentum opened the doors of their permanent home in Thanksgiving Square, and GroundFloor made a second investment in their future – $70k in cash and mentoring focused on impact and sustainability. Business growth experts helped them to instill strong business processes and controls to ensure sustainability, and United Way impact staff coached them through refining their program. In 2016, Café Momentum successfully competed in the United Way Community Impact Grants process, receiving $100k annually for three years.Visit Cafe Momentum online!