New Leaf Kitchen & Café


A brand new location of New Leaf Café is officially open! Located in the recently remodeled downtown Central Library at 906 W Main. All your favorite coffee, pick-me-ups, sandwiches, and baked goods, right in the heart of downtown Spokane. Come see us!

Make an Impact at New Leaf

Enjoy coffee and lunch at our NEW Café location on the first floor of the downtown Central Library at 906 W Main. Open 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday.
The Central YWCA/YMCA Café location is open! Come see us at 930 N Monroe St. Open 7:30 am – 4pm Monday – Friday.

New Leaf Kitchen & Café is a trauma-informed, free culinary job training program, designed to help low-income individuals with barriers to traditional employment gain the professional skills and confidence necessary for economic self-sufficiency.

New Leaf Kitchen provides job training in the food services industry with a hands-on 10-12 week program offered in a fast-paced commercial kitchen.

New Leaf Café is a separate 6-10 week barista training program at our two full service Café locations. Every trainee gains full espresso knowledge training, retail sales and food industry experience. Pop in for a seasonal drink, scratch-made baked good, or sandwich at either the downtown Central Library Café at 906 W Main or the Central YWCA/YMCA Café at 930 N Monroe St.

Agency-wide job readiness support is also provided. Participants work with our Vocational Specialist to help them create a resume, practice interview skills, and become prepared for entering a professional work environment. In 2021, 24 women enrolled in the 2 job training programs and 8 graduates obtained employment after completion.

Helping Women Succeed Through Training in Food Services

As a social enterprise small business, New Leaf Kitchen and Café uses market-based strategies to advance social good.

In Spokane, nearly 30% of female-headed households live in poverty; our focus on training low-income
women ensures that more moms are able to gain employment and to achieve stability and self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

As a program of Transitions, New Leaf is also uniquely positioned to help families with the other primary obstacles to achieving and maintaining economic stability, including affordable childcare and housing support.

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