New Leaf Kitchen & Café
At this time, we're not currently taking Catering Orders. You can still enjoy coffee and food prepared by the Kitchen at the Café location. Thank you for understanding.
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 hands-on 6-month program offered in a fast-paced commercial kitchen providing catering services. At this time, we’re not currently taking Catering Orders. You can still enjoy coffee and food prepared by the Kitchen at the Café location.
New Leaf Café is a separate 3-month and 6-month barista training program at our full service Café. Every trainee gains full espresso knowledge training, retail sales and food industry experience. New Leaf Café has one location at the YWCA/YMCA on N Monroe and is opening a second location at Spokane Public Library’s central library downtown. The Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Library / Café is July 11th at 9am!
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, 37% 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.