Pictured L-R: Graduation Day – David Waters (General Manager), Matt McDonough (Probation Manager), Allison Sequeira (Instructional Cooking Program Manager), Erik Spitz (Chef), John (Graduate), Carla Butters (Probation Officer), John E. McDonald Jr (First Justice East Boston BMC) and Robert Cartmill (Intern Services Specialist).
An East Boston Specialty Court client at the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) recently completed a 12-week vocational training program in the teaching kitchen run by the Community Services Program which provides tailor-made, nutritious, scratch foods. prepared meals for people with chronic and critical illnesses and their families. Trainees learn food preparation and cooking techniques. Participants help the culinary team prepare meals that are delivered to customers.
John, who did not want his last name published, expressed his pride in completing the program which was designed for people interested in a career in the restaurant industry and who might face obstacles to work.
“Probation and the Community Servings program gave me hope! I am so proud to have completed this program. Now I have a job and I’m on a list for housing. I know God didn’t pick me up, just to let me down,” John said.
The Community Servings facility, which boasts a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen, is a place that provides a hands-on learning experience. The instructional cooking program covers all facets of working in a professional kitchen, including food safety, knife skills, cooking techniques and nutrition.
“During his training, John became a valued worker within the community services team. The Community Service Program recognized his dedication and offered John another job in the program,” said Matt McDonough, Chief Probation Officer at the East Boston Division of Boston City Court.
“We are proud of John and his completion of the program. We are also pleased to partner with Community Servings who provide invaluable training to the people we supervise which helps them develop skills to earn a living,” said Chief McDonough.
—Community Servings is currently accepting applications for the next instructional cooking session: November 21-February 16
Class hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Additional practice hours are offered on Fridays.
For more information, email the Teaching Kitchen Program Manager, Allison Sequeira, at [email protected] or call 617-522-7777 ext. 206.
Community Services, 179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, Phone: 617.522.7777