Boston, MAINDUSTRY: FOOD SERVICES
BUSINESS: HALEY HOUSE BAKERY CAFE
YEAR FOUNDED: 2005
PROGRAM: 2011 INTERISE BOSTON
“One of our strengths is that we have a robust alumni network who are in many ways mentors for guys getting out of prison."BUSINESS OVERVIEW
Haley House Bakery Café, opened in 2005, is just a part of the 50-year-old Haley House organization, a community-impact driven nonprofit in Boston. Over the years, Haley House has become a live-in community, soup kitchen, bakery, urban farm, and pizzeria. The noprofit also owns and leases 110 housing units in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The café uses locally-sourced ingredients, many of which come from the urban farm. With a strong commitment to social justice and equity, the organization provides affordable housing and sustainable jobs for Bostonians, regardless of their background. In 2009, the Café started the Transitional Employment Program (TEP), giving former inmates (2 to 6 at any given time) the skills they need to reintegrate and become effective community leaders.
From the beginning, Haley House Bakery Café has always had a strong focus on community and social justice. “We had folks working here who were in various kinds of recovery, victims of abuse, refugees,” says Bing Broderick, Executive Director of Haley House. This was an intentional effort and TEP was a natural extension of this focus.
The expansion of the TEP program was the result of the cafe’s one-time manager, Danny Cordon. Danny completed Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’ program in Boston, before rising to a managerial position. Danny identified a noticeable shortage of opportunities for men and women getting out of prison, and he envisioned the complete redesign of the training program to serve these individuals in a deeper way.
Through TEP, the café employs people who have left prison who often lack the necessary ready-to-work skills to be competitive in the job market. Participating men and women learn these skills as they cook and work as a team. TEP graduates have gone on to leadership positions at restaurants and other workplaces around Boston.
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