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Posts by Amanda Butts

, June 10th, 2013

Class 91′s Darrell Wainwright: A Life Back On Track

Darrell Wainwright is a US Air Force veteran who served his country honorably. After getting out of the Air Force, he made some bad decisions. He spent most of his adult life addicted, and he’s been to prison so many times he doesn’t remember exactly how many. But that’s all in the past.

Earlier this year, Darrell was living in the New York Avenue homeless shelter looking for a way to get his life back on track permanently when he saw a flyer for DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program. He applied, was accepted to Class 91, and, with DC Central Kitchen’s help, he moved into veterans’ housing.

14 weeks later on April 5, Darrell graduated from the program. On April 29, DC Central Kitchen hired him as a production cook. A few weeks ago, Darrell started his associate’s degree in hospitality management at the University of the District of Columbia.

Darrell isn’t an anomaly. DC Central Kitchen is bursting at the seams with stories of graduates like Darrell who have come to the Kitchen to get the tools they need to find their motivation, change their attitude, and rebuild the skills they need to get and keep a job.

Darrell says, “DC Central Kitchen isn’t just about cooking. It’s about changing your way of thinking.”

, January 23rd, 2013

Donor Stories: Liam and Samantha Carey, ages 8 and 6

Liam and Samantha Carey, ages 8 and 6, are aspiring chefs. When they were challenged by a family friend to make a difference in their community, the brother and sister duo turned their passion for cooking into a fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen. They spent eight months developing a cookbook with some of their favorite recipes including “Egg in a Hole” and “Grandma’s ‘Oh I Didn’t Know You Were Dropping By’ Pasta.” In December, their cookbook was finally finished and they sold it to family, friends and classmates.

Earlier this month Liam, Samantha, their mom Kate, and a group of their classmates came to visit DC Central Kitchen to share their cookbook and present the $877.65 that they raised. Liam explained why they chose to dedicate their cookbook to DC Central Kitchen, saying, “They give kids food. If they don’t have breakfast at home, then they get a good lunch at school.” Samantha added, “I want to help people who don’t have a house.”

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