2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual ReportFor the past five years, the programs and people of Curt’s Café have been transforming lives: In that short period, over 185 underserved students have moved from hopelessness and at-risk behaviors to personal strength and hope, guided by professionals and dedicated volunteers who have encircled them with a carefully structured program of work and life skill opportunities, a broader vision of their future, and—quite simply, love.

Four or five students at a time, for three months, draw strength from restaurant training, counseling, mentoring, career coaching, and job placement, overseen by our paid staff of a dozen dedicated individuals. Full-time social service workers and other staff offer help with subjects from anger management to household budgeting. Two cafes in Evanston welcome our students, who are eager to learn, grow, and expand their horizons. The Curt’s community teaches trust, empathy, joy, and possibilities to students who have in the past experienced violence, homelessness, abuse, and despair.

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