Baker Victory Services has expanded its culinary training program with help from a Key Bank Foundation grant.
The agency this week opened its new WAY Training Kitchen and LunchWAY cafe in the basement at 790 Ridge Road, the former OLV Infant Home. Total cost for the renovation is approximately $200,000, supported by $110,000 from Key.
The program, which includes a commercial kitchen space, provides students with culinary training and job skills through the Work Appreciation for Youth program.
The WAY program, which helps at-risk youth and young adults develop skills to get and keep a job, works with its own residential students as well as youth in its wraparound and Bridges 2 Health community programs. That includes individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses seeking competitive jobs in the community.
In addition to the culinary training program, the program offers training for jobs in catering, cleaning as well as production and sales of handmade jewelry.