Deputy Director Paul Fordham will work to deepen our connections this year with groups working across the country to build paths out of poverty through culinary training.

As part of the Members’ Advisory Council for Catalyst Kitchens, Paul will head to Seattle this month to learn about the work and challenges of others in the nationwide network of almost 60 similar programs.

Catalyst Kitchens offers input to member groups on curriculum, provides a forum for brainstorming and feedback, guides best practices and links members with discounts on supplies.

Homeward Bound of Marin has been chosen as a Model Member in the network for its success with Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, the 10-week intensive training program based at our Novato headquarters.