HAVE Cafe provides an excellent menu at reasonable prices in the east end of Vancouver. It is also the home of HAVE Culinary Society, a non-profit school that provides training to work in the food service industry.
HAVE culinary students have employment barriers that prevent them from finding meaningful employment. These barriers include mental and physical disabilities, mental health issues, homelessness, age, language, addiction, dependency and poverty.
Each student is treated individually and is also given life skills coaching to supplement their education. Over 600 students have graduated in the past six years and 75% are employed in the food service industry.
Read Alex’s story and ask yourself if this could be you or anyone you care for, and then consider supporting HAVE.
At 34 years of age, Alex was in a happy marriage with a solid union job as a driller/blaster. One day tragedy struck when he and his wife were involved in a tragic car accident. He lived, his wife did not.
Over the next 17 years Alex became an alcoholic. Eventually his alcoholism escalated into a full blown heroin addiction. Alex depleted his life savings and his relationships until one day he needed help.
A friend told him about the HAVE program and it was there Alex found his sobriety and self respect. After completing the program Alex was hired at by one of Vancouver’s top eateries, C Restaurant.
Alex now owns his own home and small business and credits HAVE for being the helping hand he so desperately need.
Find out more about this worthwhile organization: www.have-cafe.ca