The Table Foundation House Apprentice & Formation Program
The Table Foundation House will provide food service training and formation for apprentices for 6 months -12 months. Apprentices are selected for their passion for food and seeking employment in the hospitality industry, but also need support through a time of personal transition. The Table Foundation will work specifically with different outreach groups to aid “Ex-Convicted-Members” returning to society. Graduates of this program can potentially earn full-time employment at one of our local restaurants and will possess remarkable professional skills that will help them become productive, happy members of their community and larger society.
The Table Foundation through referrals from non-profit, religious, and government partners. Candidates will be vetted and selected by The Table Foundation staff. Successful Apprentice candidates will be highly motivated, capable people with a passion for food and an inspiring story. They should already be prating healthy living habits (e.g. drug-free) and must be ready to fully commit to the program and to building a better life for themselves through a career in the food world.
The most unique character of The Table Foundation House is the Formation Program to assist Ex-Convicts in their re-entry program. The unique vision of The Table Foundation is to enable those with an interest in the food hospitality field to develop into productive participants in the community while healing and becoming whole persons. With Fr. Leo’s passion for food, excellence in service, professionalism and communication abilities, Fr. Leo will shape individuals for this work. As Formation Director at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Fr. Leo shaped men for their priestly vocation of service to God and others. He has worked extensively with prisoners. The Table Foundation will help heal and shape individuals to become servants themselves.
We will assist graduates of the Apprentice Program through our restaurant partners from whom we seek a commitment to hire their sponsored apprentice. In turn, we guarantee our partners that graduates will be extremely well-formed, passionate about food, and dedicated to their family – all the ingredients that make for a great restaurant.
Restaurants will get a tax deduction for their sponsorship. We will seek to be in continued relationship with graduates of the Apprentice Program, to build a strong alumni network, and to foster relationships between alumni and current apprentices. Through this vital work, we sow seeds that are the future of the food industry, better the lives of individuals, and build stronger communities.
The Table Foundation Apprentice Program will be a major driver of our aim to help people in need from our community, to use amazing food to bring people from all walks of life together around a common table, and our mission to Harvesting the Power of Food to do Good.
Preparing individuals as whole persons can lead sinners to become saints! The Table Foundation is dedicated to this transformation through a series of applications to create individuals “fully human and fully alive.” This can only be accomplished by understanding and then applying human virtues.
Who Is Invited to the Table?
Inspired by Roman Catholic spirituality, the program will be open to anyone who authentically seeks a “Higher Power,” can demonstrate the interest, commitment and discipline necessary to succeed, and has a willingness to grow holistically. This means that candidates will learn to present with proper hygiene, good daily habits, and whatever it takes to become successful in providing for themselves and their families.
They will capitalize on their individual strengths, gifts and talents so as to become viable, employable members of the community. They will humbly acknowledge areas of growth and work to develop practical and realistic habits to manage any of their vices. Their success will in turn lead apprentices into leadership positions in their future an din service to the common good in the world. Though the spirituality will be based upon Judeo-Christian values, it will not preclude candidates based on faith backgrounds, and in fact celebrates that diversity.