Bringing Job Training and Good Food to New Orleans
Cafe Reconcile Café Reconcile is a nonprofit restaurant, located in the severely distressed Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, which serves as the primary training ground for students seeking to acquire skills in the food service industry. Featuring soul-filled local dishes and some of the city’s lowest prices, Café Reconcile is a destination lunch spot for a wide cross-section of New Orleanians as well as visitors from all across the country.
Café Reconcile was founded in 1997 by a community of concerned people committed to addressing the system of generational poverty, violence and neglect in the New Orleans area. Their innovative life skills and job training program assists young people from severely at-risk communities who desire to make a positive change in their lives. Reconcile’s students arrive facing a vast array of challenges, from extreme poverty and high school attrition to homelessness, violence, and participation in the juvenile justice system. Nonetheless, these young people possess a deep desire to break the cycle and become productive, contributing members of society.
Cafe Reconcile To date the organization has graduated more than 900 young men and women between the ages of 16 and 22, and placed them in hospitality jobs in New Orleans’ restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and universities. Although it was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Katrina, the Cafe reopened five weeks after the storm, and today has a reputation for some of the best soul food and southern cooking in New Orleans.
Café Reconcile’s newly expanded home opened on March 11, 2013 with help from a Disaster Response Fund U.S., Inc loan. Café Reconcile will continue to be a cornerstone of economic recovery in Central City and a gathering place for community members to solve problems together.